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THE TRUTH ABOUT APOLOGIZING

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Apology: n. regretfully communicating the acknowledgement of a mistake(s) and/or bad behavior(s)

Occasionally even the best of us makes a mistake or does something bad which affects another human and hurts their feelings or circumstance. If you are conscious of your mistake or bad behavior then you should apologize by saying that you are “sorry”, mention what you are sorry for, and sometimes follow it up by compensating the offended in some way for the inconvenience in their lives. If you are not sure about the compensation then ask them to suggest a compensation if you think there should be one but you personally don’t know what it can be.

Perfection is for robots and not humans and if you apologize appropriately then you will be respected, admired, and trusted even more by others because everyone in life does things which they should be sorry for and you will be forgiven by most humans if you apologize to them appropriately and assume responsibility for your bad actions.

If you were rude, severely critical, used profanity inappropriately, or name called someone saying that they were stupid, crazy, or worthless then saying “sorry” may be enough. If on the other hand you do something bad which winds up costing someone money then appropriate apologizing would be to pay them back the money lost in addition to a verbal apology.

If you borrow something from someone and break it then either repair it or buy a replacement along with an apology for the inconvenience caused them.

In married life you will frequently cause emotional distress about something and very frequently the best response is just to apologize and say “sorry honey”, ”sorry honey it is just my opinion”, or “sorry honey it won’t happen again” if it is truly a onetime mistake or bad behavior.

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WHAT DO YOU DO IF YOU MAKE A MISTAKE OR DO SOMETHING WRONG?

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If other humans are involved then you apologize if you have made a mistake or done something wrong. Say  “I’m Sorry” but then follow it up with what you will do about it.

“Now I know what to do”

“It won’t happen again”

“I’ll change that”

“Next time I will do it right”

“I’ll work on it”

“I need time to work it out”

“I need help”

“I don’t know what to do”

If you know how to solve the mistake then say so and if it needs help from someone then ask for it. Finally there are times when there is no solution so don’t be embarrassed to admit that you don’t know what to do or that it will take time to work it out.

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