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Scheitern und Selbsttäuschung

Landweer, Hilge

Zeitschrift für Kulturphilosophie, Bd. 2023 (2023), Iss. 2: S. 116–135

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Landweer, Hilge


Failure is a dramatic experience to be distinguished from mere lack of success. As a social process, failure is measured against the norms of the institutions within which failure occurs. The article uses four examples to examine whether failure necessarily involves self-attribution. When is it merely an external attribution? Failure would then be associated with self-deception, which initially protects the person who fails. The text identifies five phases that are typical of failure processes.