A sincere apology does a world of good for both the giver and the receiver. It shows you regret the hurt or pain you caused, whether that’s inadvertently or on purpose, and it signals your desire to restore the relationship to a healthy balance.
Without apologizing, authenticity cannot be achieved because authenticity requires you to appropriately express your feelings and needs.
1. Provides a constructive outlet for remorse. Extending an apology helps you take responsibility for your actions and hold yourself accountable for them. This is especially true if you back up your words with positive actions to prevent it happening again. Holding on to remorse can lead to internalized anger which over time can impact your sense of self-worth.
2. Improves your future conduct. By reflecting on your actions and sharing your experience with another person, you create an experience which encompasses your...