Easy if I'm wrong, because I'm very open minded, neutral and fair - having these charactheristics also have helped me in being hardly wrong most of the time.
Usually, the situation you are talking about is more of a question of...
1) Whether they can handle their pride
2) Whether they have the ability to realize that they are wrong and have the right aptitude in handling, analysing or thinking about situations or topics.
- Biasness, stubbornness, lack of neutrality or having a pre-conceived AND bias idea in things develop a habit of people trying to find "evidences" to manifest an idea that supports their claim and use "you have no proof thus you are wrong" reasoning to stay in the right.
3) What situation or topic they are discussing about
- Not all topics have a clear right or wrong answer, nor are all answer purely opinion-based. Many people failed to distinguish that and use "opinion" as an excuse to support the fact that they aren't wrong.
-Some people want people to say they are right or others to admit they are wrong because they have other underlying intention (e.g. point scoring against siblings or classmates or just to wind others up)
I usually do, or at least compromise (my pride is pretty darn huge), But sometimes if it's a fight over something small, the bigger/longer the fight was, the more I don't want to admit it when I find out I'm wrong.
But even then I'll usually stop arguing my point and skedaddle somewhere to lick my wounds :P
It's easy for me to admit I am wrong, so long that that is really the case. Of course, if I had enough evidence, I'd fight for it. But when I'm wrong, I'm wrong, no biggie.
If I'm wrong though, the hardesst part of it is having people not look at me the same way again. Some people think you're unreliable once you're committed a mistake and do not give you a chance to improve at all. It sucks.
I usually admit it readily, once I see that I am wrong. I am very passionate about what I believe in, & I will defend it, but if I am wrong I will say so. Sure it can be hard. Of course it is. Who wants to be wrong?
As a parent, I think the best thing you can do for your kids is let them see that.
In my marriage, my ex never apologized to me because he said that he was never wrong. He believed that. I am not making that up.
That makes me want to see myself realistically even most so with others. If you cannot say you are wrong & apologize to others, you are a pretty sad human being.
Well I thinking on it I really haven't admitted I was wrong. No one as ever said "Say your wrong" or "Your wrong aren't you", so I never really had to say I was. Probably I don't have to say it to much also is because I don't say things if I don't think I can stand behind them.
The only person who just was dieing for me to admit I was wrong was my sister she just wanted to see me beneath her. I think it was wrong, she didn't want me to admit it cause she wanted me to tell the truth, she wanted to look down on me in a sort. So I walked away, we never brought the subject back up again.
For me it really depends on the person. A lot of people see me as being smarter than them even though most of the time I will deny it. So around them it is really hard for me to swallow my pride and say they were right because I know they are just going to rub it in my face. Besides that though I will most always admit that I am wrong when I am actually wrong.
It depends on who the arguement is with. If it's with someone I am good friends with who I like, It's easy for me to admit when I'm wrong. When it's with just some a**hole, that's when it gets difficult to swallow my pride.
When I was younger, I had to win every argument. Sometimes after the argument was over, I would think about what the other person had said, and sometimes I realized that I was wrong, but an argument was a battle, and to give up proved me weak and stupid. As I've grown older I've developed the ability to know when I'm beaten and surrender indefensible positions. I'm actually rather proud of it. It demonstrates objectivity and a willingness to think. Don't get me wrong, I can still be stubborn, but that's only when I'm right.
C - It takes a lot to make me truly admit I was wrong. However, in topics I am NOT at all an expert in, it is much easier. Or, for other topics, such as technology, cars or business, I'm quite stubborn.
Especially when, as Homer once said, "Facts shmacks. Facts can be used to prove anything even REMOTELY true!" :D
Well, to be brutal, I'm not wrong that often, but when I am wrong, I accept it rapidly. I think this actually annoys people even more, because they start thinking that "I act like I'm never wrong'. But this isn't true. Sometimes I'm right, and sometimes I was wrong but rapidly abandon that position.
i will admit I'm wrong if the person who I'm admitting it to won't use it against me all the time and make me feel like crap. When someone else admits they are wrong, I always respect them for having the courage to say that and the open mindedness to change their mind, and I would never hold it as something to demean them with.
If someone shows me the same respect I show to others, I admit I'm wrong quite openly.
Hmm, well I want to be a scientist working on research, so accepting that I'm wrong is something I just have to do. I used to be hard to convince, but now I'm learning to take both side of the story and consider all possible solutions before even attempting to give an answer of my own.
easy. if I realize I'm wrong then its like 'wow, I learned something new'. it would be really stupid of me to assume I know everything, and even more stupid to continue to argue when I know I'm not right. I'm a scientist, not a lawyer ;)
If I am really passionate about this subject and I believe it is right then I will stand by my word but if its something that I don't have much knowledge about or something I'm not passionate about then I would not mind admitting defeat
I do admit it because it's even more embarrassing when you excuse yourself although you know you are wrong. Do you get it? I respect my pride. It hurts my pride when I'm proven to be wrong. It hurts EVEN MORE when I insist. people need to think a step ahead.
If the person can prove with solid points that I'm wrong, then I say "I see what you mean" then probably ask them more questions to learn more about that perspective. But if it's just sometime who puts up a fight, that doesn't mean much to me.
It's really not so hard for me especially when I know I'm in the wrong and I'm the bigger person and admit it. What's harder for me is whether or not they'll accept the apology or not. I recently did this very thing and got nothing in return. But at least I know I wasn't wrong in taking a step forward. Honesty and admitting you were wrong is always the best thing you can do.
People that have hard time admitting they are wrong are usually compulsive liars and like to manipulate others. They can't stand being told they are wrongs and hold grudges a lot. They are overly defensive.