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Containing Your Reactions to Failure

To understand failure, you first have to understand your own reactions to failure. Reactions to failure are typically:

•  Retrospective. They arise from your ability to look back on a sequence of events.

•  Counterfactual. They lay out what people could or should have done to avoid the outcome that you now know about.

•  Judgmental. They judge people for not doing what you believe they should have done, or for not paying enough attention to what you now know is important.

•  Proximal. They focus on those people closest in time and place to (preventing) the mishap.

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