» Re­quest for­give­ness, don’t de­mand it

Good Health (Australia) - - Be Energised -

Telling some­one “You have to for­give me” can make the hurt party feel rushed and wronged all over again. The words “Do you for­give me?” or ‘Please for­give me’ are a val­ued rit­ual in cer­tain close re­la­tion­ships, but don’t view your apol­ogy as an au­to­matic ticket to for­give­ness and redemption. This is not about you and your need for re­as­sur­ance – a true apol­ogy does not ask the hurt party to do any­thing, not even to for­give.

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