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How Hard is it for you to Apologize?

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On 4/16/2023 at 6:56 PM, Perspektiv said:

Its considered one of the hardest things to do for many.

Saying sorry is one thing -- or the passive "I'm sorry you feel that way", as well. Apologizing for what you did, is  whole other.

How hard is it for you to apologize?

In the real world (not this cyber playground where none of us exist as anything other than text), an apology instantly disarms. It pulls 80 percent of the hot air out of a person's anger.

A cop pulls you over for an infraction. You look him in the face and say "I'm sorry" and the dynamic is instantly changed.

An apology is a tool. It is powerful. It derails whatever rancor might be steaming your way at light speed.

It's simple. You don't have to say "I'm sorry you feel that way." (That basically tells a person you still disagree with him/her.) The simple I'M SORRY is magical. It almost vanquishes all rancor and instantly puts the pressure on the other side to find a way to back out of this diplomatically. 

On some sub assignments, I'll use "I'm sorry" all day long, especially around elementary school kids. It changes them, instantly.

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1 hour ago, reason10 said:

An apology is a tool

It can be used to manipulate in court. Some murderers have attempted tearful apologies to avoid serious sentences.

I had a landlord make my life miserable, and didn't realize I had cameras in my flat.

So when he was served legally, he waited until the very last second, to call, and apologize for what he had caused. 

So you're right. It did soften my stance, but not enough to want to settle out of court.

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