It turns out there's a reason you're so stubborn in the face of overwhelming evidence that you were wrong.
According to psychologists speaking to the New York Times, the reason we often buckle down and refuse to admit we're wrong is something called 'cognitive dissonance'.
This is the stressful sensation of holding two contradictory thoughts in your head at once.
For instance when you do someone else a wrong, and then dismiss the guilt by deciding it was their fault.
Carol Tavris, the co-author of Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me) writes:
Cognitive dissonance is what we feel when the self-concept — I’m smart, I’m kind, I’m convinced this belief is true — is threatened by evidence that we did something that wasn’t smart, that we did something that hurt another person, that the belief isn’t true,
Essentially people prefer to alter the events, than their perception of themselves. Travis continues in her book:
Dissonance is uncomfortable and we are motivated to reduce it,