We all make mistakes, we all have faced misunderstanding. Nobody is perfect. So why is apologizing so difficult to do? Most of us like to be the recipient of a heartfelt apology, but giving is different from receiving, isn't it?
As I'm sure you've figured out, there are many reasons why saying "I'm sorry" is such a challenge for everyone. First of all, who likes to admit they're wrong? It's NOT fun! Believe me, I know. We all had had lots of practice. This is the main reason. When we found that we are wrong, then we are so ashamed to talk to the person. Then problem starts, instead of saying sorry we cut the precious person from our life.
Sometimes it's the fear of rejection that makes an apology so hard to say. The prospect of getting a cold shoulder, not being forgiven or losing a friend can understandably be unsettling, especially when it comes from someone you still love, care about and want to maintain a relationship with. Sometimes people feel that initiating an apology is a sign of weakness.
Apologizing can make some people feel vulnerable, or feel like they are in danger of losing their power and status. Others simply equate saying "I'm sorry" with admitting they're inadequate or incompetent, which makes admitting mistakes so much harder to do. Some people find saying they’re sorry humiliating. Perhaps they were criticized harshly by parents or other important people or most difficult from themselves , and as a result avoid admitting mistakes because of the horrible feelings it brings up.
Some people prefer to stay silent. Their logic goes something like this: If you don't admit you've done anything wrong, then it's almost like not doing anything wrong at all. If there is no admission of fault, then there is no need to take responsibility. If it were only that easy! Some view giving an apology in very black-and-white terms. Giving an apology is like being the "loser" and the person receiving the apology is the "winner."
The one who is wrong needs to ask forgiveness from the one who is right. Understandably, that's not a fun thought. Sometimes it's our pride or ego that gets in the way. And, of course, those who lack empathy can have a hard time embracing another person's feelings or perspective altogether, which makes saying sorry virtually impossible to do.
Saying sorry is meant to make us feel vulnerable. How could it not? But here's the thing: It's really important to do in order for us to have healthy relationships. We all want and need to feel safe with the people we allow into our inner circle. We want to know that the people we are close to care about how we feel and are willing to admit their flaws. Not taking responsibility for wrongdoings makes us seem unsafe or untrustworthy. And withholding an apology is certainly not going to win us any friends! Saying you're sorry shows those you love that you care enough about them and the relationship to be aware of your shortcomings and take responsibility for your hurtful actions. In the end, making things right is way more important than being right. So choose the right way, Say Sorry to the person whose heart you have broken.