The three scenarios after scientific disappointment. You either grow stronger (“The comeback kid”), things don’t change (“It doesn’t matter”) or you get depressed (“The angry scientist”). In order to better cope with scientific disappointment, we need to work on our resilience, mainly by actively building a supportive network and by focusing on fostering good and meaningful aspects of our work.

Ingo Helbig

Child Neurology Fellow and epilepsy genetics researcher at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), USA and Department of Neuropediatrics, Kiel, Germany

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