Don’t Sweep It Under the Rug! 🧹
August 29, 2023/
|When you apologize to someone, what do you say? For many, the answer is a simple “I’m sorry.” But why are you are sorry? What are you sorry for?|
|An apology always has more impact when it’s specific.|
|For example, a tardy spouse might say, “I’m sorry I came home late. I know that you worked hard to be ready on time, and I showed up 30 minutes late. I feel bad that I’ve made you wait. I hope you will forgive me.” This apology communicates that you are aware that your behavior inconvenienced your spouse and that you feel badly about it.|
|Here’s an apology you should never use: “I’m sorry you got hurt.” That shifts the blame to your spouse and actually isn’t an apology at all. It’s far better to say, “I’m sorry my behavior hurt you.”|
|Apologies are crucial for healthy relationships because we are imperfect humans, but too many people think they are apologizing effectively when in fact they are missing the mark.|
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