As the cliché goes, there are few certainties in life. For programmers, bugs are one of the certainties. How we react to bugs matters.
There are plenty methodologies, processes and technologies that deal with bugs. These are all important and are widely written about.
I think that programmers also benefit from a better understanding of behavioral and emotional responses to bugs. These responses can lie close to the surface and affect the performance of individuals and teams. This post looks at both constructive and negative responses to bugs as a kind of “field guide” to identifying these behaviors in yourself and others.