You don’t always have to be right in order to feel good about yourself. That’s why it’s easy to admire those who openly admit their mistakes. Those who do, exhibit a strong self image by taking ownership. Something in us strongly resists when we are wrong. Our initial reaction is to respond angrily and defensively rather than acknowledging where we went wrong, apologizing for our mistake and diffusing the situation. When we have wronged someone, it may require going beyond what is expected, in an effort to make things right. Rather than compound an error through defensiveness, ask for forgiveness and reconciliation. You will save yourself and others a lot of undue stress in the long run.