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Why are people so quick to blame others for their own mistakes?

  1. Danette Watt profile image84
    Danette Wattposted 6 years ago

    Why are people so quick to blame others for their own mistakes?

  2. Londonlady profile image93
    Londonladyposted 6 years ago

    Perhaps, they don't want to take responsibility. That is almost always usually the case. They don't want the consequences whether they come in the form of embarrassment, shame, a demotion, a fight...etc.

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    Aka Professor Mposted 6 years ago

    Actually it probably stems from the survival instinct known as "flight or fight" in human beings. Therefore regardless of the consequences self preservation is the first reaction in our psychological makeup! The physiological result is an increase in adrenaline which prepares the body for "fight or flight" since we already are preconditioned to flee because of the perceived danger deflecting blame which is equated to danger is quite unfortunately very natural, Danette.

    Standing up and being responsible is therefore  more a matter of strong mental and moral conditioning to overcome primitive survival instincts. That is why the type of environment that we grow up in is important to our mental outlook and maturity in life. Regards Mike (Aka Professor M!)

  4. onegoodwoman profile image75
    onegoodwomanposted 6 years ago

    People, almost, always, take the path of least resistance.

    Even those who hold high standards, who are in a position, with authority,
    will take the easy way out.   

    Kids look for the easy way out, and so do parents.

    Travelers, usually want the quickest, easiest , more direct route.

    Even a  mechanic or plumber, will tell you, the easiest thing to do........

    It is simply, the " human" way.

  5. mitowrite profile image75
    mitowriteposted 6 years ago

    I guess sometimes it's just easier to blame someone else rather than admit our own mistakes. It could be because of ego or guilt.

  6. anupma profile image79
    anupmaposted 6 years ago

    It is the best way to hide our mistakes and flaws. Actually the person, who blame others for his own mistake, is a person who does not have the capability to accept his mistake and demerits.

  7. edhan profile image61
    edhanposted 6 years ago


    It is always easy to blame others than yourself for mistakes. Sometimes it is difficult for one to see his/her own mistake.

    It takes a third party to see clearly who is at fault. But blaming others will always be the quick way to get out of sticky situation.

    If you are one who always get stuck with the blame, then it is just one of those bad luck day.

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    Indigitalposted 6 years ago

    Blaming yourself is diminishing. Especially if you're trying to fit in with everyone. It is noted that people are more likely to blame others when they do something wrong and they're against a higher authority.

    Take this example:

    'You have just thrown a... raspberry off an old woman's house'. You're more inclined to tell a friend then a police figure or any figure that is not informally attached to you.

    Obviously, we can see that from some angles, you could tell the authority figure more than the friend. These are personal issues. Such as dating an friend ex.

    Either way, we're quick to try and keep within the circle of being, we don't want to be pushed out into a world where you fear nobody is your friend or you're being undiminished.

  9. jainismus profile image69
    jainismusposted 6 years ago

    It is a psychological problem. They do not want to accept their own mistakes

  10. debbie roberts profile image82
    debbie robertsposted 6 years ago

    Good question, I've often wondered myself...I think it's the way society is today. It's almost seen as a weakness to admit when you've made a mistake when in fact it is a strength.

  11. Felixedet2000 profile image57
    Felixedet2000posted 6 years ago

    the reason is, people hate to take responsibility for their private actions and in-actions as the case may be it is that simple.

  12. whoisbid profile image75
    whoisbidposted 6 years ago

    I would like to say that something far worse than this is to blame others for your own crimes. I believe that when people lie, cheat and steal and even murder for profit it is highly possible that they will try to pin it on someone else if they can because they have gone down a dark road and they are getting used to it and "framing" someone is just one more step down that path.

  13. Dave Mathews profile image60
    Dave Mathewsposted 6 years ago

    It is easier to blame someone else rather than to have to admit that there is something wrong with oneself.