The way you apologize after hurting your loved one determines whether healing will occur or hurtful feelings will fester.
Research shows successful relationships know how to offer “real” apologies. Here are five characteristics of what a genuine, meaningful apology looks and sounds like:
- Show accountability
- Validate your partner’s feelings
- Express your feelings
- Offer Reassurance
- Offer up a repair or amends.
According to marriage expert Dr. John Gottman, we miss the target far more often than we hit it. As imperfect humans, we miscommunicate, misinterpret, misspeak and mishear.
Since missing is the norm, our ability to make repairs is critical to making and keeping our valued relationships. A “real” apology goes a long way towards doing just that.
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