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Empathy/ Responsibility

Accepting responsibility for our actions is a sign of emotional maturity; it demonstrates self-awareness and a belief that we can change and learn to do better. On the other hand, people who don’t think they’ve done anything wrong, have no reason to change.

Owning your mistakes is also important relationally. When we repair the damage or harm we’ve caused, we build stronger, healthier relationships. In comparison, denying responsibility deteriorates trust and goodwill. Examples:


Some people think they’re superior to others and therefore are entitled to do what they want without bearing the consequences. Often, this is an unconscious attempt to overcompensate for self-doubt, low self-esteem, or insecurity.


People who expect themselves to be perfect or have impossibly high standards also have trouble acknowledging their mistakes and shortcomings.

Perfectionists base their self-worth on their performance and achievements. So making a mistake—and admitting they are less than perfect—is especially painful for them. And all-or-nothing thinking magnifies small mistakes, making them seem like major failures to a perfectionist.

- Sharon Martin

Apologizing is meaningful when you actually mean what you're saying. Just saying sorry isn't enough, apologies must be followed by actions. If you really want to make something work out, put in the effort, understand the other party's point of view, and make sure you do better. Remember, too many apologies become void if say them too many times.

Everyone can learn from their mistakes. Mistakes help us grow and develop as a person. Don't be discouraged when making a mistake, just practice to be better and learn from what you did.

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