Don’t attribute to malice that which is more easily explained by stupidity.
According to The Great Mental Models Volume 1: General Thinking Concepts – a book I mentioned a month ago on the blog and which is still echoing around my brain – this little line above is Hanlon’s Razor.
I wonder if stupidity is a little tough, maybe we could say carelessness? Oversight? A slip?
For the viva and viva prep it’s very easy to see something wrong and see (incorrectly) bad intentions behind it. Try not to. Instead of seeing negativity in your past actions, acknowledge that you could have made mistakes, or your supervisor could, or your examiners could be now. Not out of malice, just out of error.
Pause to appreciate motivations and intentions by all concerned in the viva – and definitely don’t call anyone stupid…