Getting Emotional After A Failure Helps You Improve Next Time

Feeling like crap after making a mistake is no fun, but it may serve a purpose. University of Kansas researchers found when participants got emotional after a failure they were more likely to improve their performance on the next related task than if they had a cognitive response. Study leader Noelle Nelson explains, “A natural tendency after failure is sometimes to suppress emotions and cognitively rationalize the failure, but if people know the possible negative effects of that behavior, they can override that natural tendency and focus on the negative feelings. That should lead to learning and future decision-making that is more positive.” (