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However, when you put yourself in the shoes of the person who you did something wrong to, wouldn’t you feel offended if you got nothing more than a token apology? What can you do to say “I’m sorry” in a sincere manner? That is what we will find more about here. 

Learn What Makes for a Sincere Apology

One of the reasons why a lot of people find it difficult to apologize is that it’s a skill that most people were not taught as a kid. Unlike saying “Thank you” or “Excuse me”, “I’m sorry” is most often a self-taught skill. Those who have too much pride or ego may not apologize every time, but if you would not like to hurt someone else’s feelings, it is a must to learn how to say you’re sorry. Here are a few tips to remember for this:

  • Make sure that you’re sincere in giving apologies.

There is such a thing as paying lip service to an apology. These are the times when you say “I’m sorry” simply because you know that you have to, not because you are really admitting that you’re wrong or that you have wronged someone. When saying these words, make sure that you mean them – that’s as sincere an apology as it can get.

  • The deeper the hurt, the more sincere the apology should be.

What exactly did you say or do that made the other person angry or hurt? Remember that the deeper the hurt you caused, the more sincere the apology should be. If the other person won’t talk to you, give him or her some breathing space or time to think. This way, when you apologize, that person will see that you really mean what you’re saying.

  • Be specific about what you’re apologizing for.

Next, make sure that you are specific about what you’re saying sorry for. Couples, for example, who have been in numerous fights in the past may say sorry for all the wrong things that they did. But if you would like your apology to work, it is best to be specific about what it is that you’re really saying sorry for.

  • If you cannot get yourself to apologize, simply put yourself in the other person’s shoes.

You don’t want to be the cause of someone losing faith in himself, or distrusting you. If you cannot gather the courage to apologize to someone, put yourself in his or her shoes. This should prompt you to say the three words “I am sorry” – and truly mean it.