Another way that “being right” shows up in our lives is when we try to avoid being wrong. If we can’t be right we definitely want to make sure we aren’t wrong. It might look like avoiding trying new things so we don’t look bad, not speaking up in a meeting because we may be incorrect, or even just not suggesting where we should all go to dinner in case the place isn’t very good.
One of the most powerful drivers for human beings is being right. As we evolved up the food chain, it was very important to know if that rustling in the bushes was a rabbit (your dinner) or a tiger (you’re dinner). Our limbic system is geared to make snap judgments and then defend them without our conscious mind being involved.