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The Perils of Apology The popular notion of an apology is that its supposed to make you feel better whether by presenting a faade of forgiveness or by laying down the facts of a situation Maybe it is supposed to make a situation better or possibly its meant to lessen the tension between two people so that an upset will be easily forgotten Its hard to decide which side of an apology is worse to be on the apologetic or receptive side Right away most people decide that receiving an apology is much easier than giving one however for some it is just as easy to say sorry as it is to say thank you On one side of an argument you may be the one who messed up either knowingly or accidentally and apologizing would mean losing face On the other side as much as you want to forgive the person you may be pissed off and unwilling to yield to forgiveness As hard as it is to work up the courage to give a meaningful apology its ten times harder to forgive the person You have to think and decide whether the person is really sorry or not Then you have to understand whole heartedly what the person did to betray you and whether or not it is worth accepting an apology Then there are just those occasions where no matter how many times a person can apologize it just wont matter I get to the point where an apology or offer of truce wont matter because my mind is set in the position where I can only admit that I am right You probably hear most people say that an apology makes a difference which is sometimes true At other times you know that youre getting blown off by some bullshit that is supposed to be what you want to hear Im not sure if everyone can distinguish the difference of
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