Do you often find yourself utter the words, “I’m sorry”, when you haven’t actually offended someone or made a mistake? It’s a common phenomenon, especially in the workplace. Some people argue that compulsive apologising presents as weakness and may make you appear less confident in your own professional abilities. Career coaches even advise approaches to reduce the tendency of saying sorry. However, is apologising really such a bad thing?
By definition, an apology is an acknowledgement of offence or failure. However, it’s largely shaped by culture and context and has been used in many different ways. In countries like Japan, it is more about politeness, showing empathy to reflect on what has happened, and being aware of the impact an individual’s actions can bring to those around them. Studies also show that this behaviour could be gender-biased. Women likely tend to apologise more often because they have a lower threshold than men for what they consider offensive.
Living in a world where apologies are somehow stigmatised, perhaps it’s time to re-think why we apologise and find a balance between our communication style and be aware of how others may perceive that style. Don’t be sorry for saying sorry. When we do so, we’re expressing concerns for how our actions affect others. Even apologising out of courtesy can serve a purpose, or even be a sign of empathy. 🙂
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