The Echoes of the Mind (144-1) Apologies


To err is human. To blame someone else is politics. ~ American politician Hubert Humphrey

Relationships run on comity. Greasing the wheels of comity requires the occasional apology. Some people have trouble producing this lubrication.

Unsurprisingly, compassionate and agreeable people have no problem forking over an apology when they feel it appropriate. By contrast, those with low self-esteem are less inclined to say they are sorry, even as they may sorely feel it. Narcissists are also reticent to make amends.

More surprisingly, those with a strong sense of justice are reluctant to concede error – the mental legalism of confessing to wrongdoing gets in the way.

To err is human; to forgive, divine. ~ English poet Alexander Pope