Mistakes, Errors and Failures across Cultures

Navigating Potentials

Editors: Vanderheiden, Elisabeth, Mayer, Claude-Hélène (Eds.)

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  • Views errors, mistakes and failure as resources
  • Explores mistakes, errors and failure in various cultural contexts and from different cultural perspectives 
  • Discusses these three concepts from a positive psychology perspective  
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About this book

This volume provides comprehensible, strength-based perspectives on contemporary research and practice related to navigating mistakes, errors and failures across cultures. It addresses these concepts across cultural contexts and explores any or all of these three concepts from a positive psychology or positive organisational perspective, highlighting their potential as resources. The volume further discusses the consequences of errors and failures at individual, organisational and societal levels, ranging from severe personal problems to organisational and collective crises, perspectives how those can be turned into opportunities for contingent and sustainable improvement processes. The book shows that there are significant cultural differences in the understanding, interpretation and handling of errors and failures. 

This volume provides practical guidance for transcultural understanding of mistakes, errors and failure through new models, ideas for self-reflection, therapeutic and counselling interventions and organisational change management processes. 

This book is a must for researchers and practitioners working on mistakes, errors and failures across cultures and disciplines!


About the authors

Elisabeth Vanderheiden is Managing Director of the Catholic Adult Education, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany and the federal chairwoman of Catholic Adult Education, Germany. She has published articles and books in the context of vocational qualifications, in particular qualification of teachers and trainers, as well as current topics of general, vocational and civic education and intercultural opening processes.
Claude-Hélène Mayer is a Full Professor in Industrial Psychology at the University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, an Adjunct Professor at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Germany and Senior Research Associate at Rhodes University, South Africa. She is the author and editor of many journal articles, special issues, text collections, book chapters and books  on women leadership in diverse contexts, mental health and salutogenesis in cultural contexts, transcultural conflict management and mediation and shame.

Table of contents (32 chapters)

Table of contents (32 chapters)
  • “There Is a Crack in Everything. That’s How the Light Gets in”: An Introduction to Mistakes, Errors and Failure as Resources

    Pages 1-47

    Vanderheiden, Elisabeth (et al.)

  • “Ever Tried. Ever Failed. No Matter. Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better”. Life Crisis and Failure as a Resource

    Pages 51-73

    Vanderheiden, Elisabeth

  • Communication About Communication in Love Letters: Addressing and Avoiding Failures, Mistakes, and Errors in Written Communication

    Pages 75-89

    Rosenblatt, Paul C.

  • Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen: A Case of Mistaken Self-Identity, Corrected by Self-Reformulation

    Pages 91-107

    Kelley, James L.

  • Mistakes, Errors, and Failures in the Cultural Context of Aging

    Pages 111-125

    Humboldt, Sofia

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mistakes, Errors and Failures across Cultures
Book Subtitle
Navigating Potentials
Editors
  • Elisabeth Vanderheiden
  • Claude-Hélène Mayer
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-35574-6
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-35574-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-35573-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 628
Number of Illustrations
21 b/w illustrations
Topics