Let Me Ask You A Question – 5/10/17

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So, let me ask you a question…

Are you quick to apologize when you have displayed poor behavior?  And, if so, do you do so without using qualifiers like “but” and “if”?  

31 thoughts on “Let Me Ask You A Question – 5/10/17

    • Yes. I have someone close to me that I have pointed out to them that every time the apologize it is followed by “but”. I told them don’t even apologize if you’re going to qualify or justify.

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  1. Yes. I feel like shit about two seconds after doing something or saying something wrong. That is likely that good ol’ Catholic guilty rearing its ugly head, at least partly. And if I’m sincerely apologizing, I own the mistake. No qualifiers.

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  2. I’m such a hermit sometimes that the opportunities to apologize are few. I don’t know that there is a general rule. Sometimes, a simple “Oops” is enough. Other times something more detailed is called for, especially if the other person didn’t quite get it that there was a wrong move. Its different with strangers than family or coworkers too. Qualifiers do mess it up.

    An example of a non-apology apology: “I’m sorry I was such a klutz, but you really are a jerk.”

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  3. My wife often accuses me of apologizing too much. I often say, “I’m sorry” when the situations isn’t remotely my fault. It’s just my Catholic/Italian guilt. My wife always tells me to stop apologizing as it loses its impact.

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  4. When I apologize I am sincere, no if’s and but’s. Sometimes I offer an explanation like “I misunderstood…” or “I read it wrong…”, may be just to explain that it was an honest mistake and not intended.

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