Apologizing is usually a good thing. When you have committed an error or hurt someone else, intentionally or not, it is good to acknowledge your mistake. But that doesn’t mean that you have to apologize for not fitting into someone else’s opinion of who you should be or what you should do. You do not have to apologize every time you are too busy to hang out or for things outside of your control.
We have been conditioned to be apologetic for just being ourselves, and it’s time to stop and save the apologies for when they are actually needed, otherwise they are perpetually devalued. Bridget Moore’s digital illustrations focus on female empowerment and mirror her attempts to practice self-love and appreciation for all the diverse beauty in the world.
Artist: Bridget Moore
If you find that you’re someone who apologizes more often than you need to, it is a good idea to find out why you are doing it. Some people are just extremely empathetic and feel any hurt in others more intensely. Others might be responding to cultural pressure, feel submissive or undervalued in a relationship or lack faith in themselves and suffer from anxiety. Is it just a need to put as much good into the world as possible or a sign of a greater issue that needs to be addressed? (The Law of Attraction)
A study conducted by at the University of Waterloo found that women actually apologize more than men because they believe that a greater range of behavior is offensive and warrants apology. While this signals that women are taught that it is less acceptable to be bold and brash in their actions, it also might mean that women are harder on themselves than the world would be on them for their actions. (PubMed)
Question: What’s something you apologized for today that wasn’t actually wrong?
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