Sorry seems to be the hardest word…………

Hello Dear Reader and Happy New Year! 

I’m sorry I haven’t blogged for a couple of weeks – you know how it is, Christmas, New Year, travelling and getting back into the swing of things at work. So – sorry, sorry, sorry!

But, you see, there’s always a but, does an apology actually work if we don’t really mean it – or does it just allow us to continue doing what we want?

There is a lot of interest in the subject in the UK right now with a political row brewing in the Liberal Democrat Party about accusations made against one of its grandees. You can read the story here if you want. Hmm – I can (almost) see two sides to this argument. Should you apologise if you feel you haven’t done anything wrong or might you apologise if you have caused offence or upset, even if you don’t think you have done something wrong – oh, what a tricky moral dilemma!

I was listening to a fascinating radio programme this morning while driving home and I was really absorbed by this interview with a psychologist and a media expert exploring the human nature behind saying sorry (sorry, sorry, sorry, I think I have just exceeded my 15-word-sentence rule!).

Have a listen here (or find the link on my Twitter feed). Yes, I know it’s not easy and I know you won’t understand every word but you don’t have to. You just have to understand enough to get a “global” feeling for the subject.

Tell me what you think; would you only apologise if you thought you had said something wrong or would you apologise if you thought you had caused offence even though you meant what you had said?

And, for those of you who enjoy a bit of pop with your English, here’s Elton

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2 Responses to Sorry seems to be the hardest word…………

  1. Ellie says:

    Good question – Can you make a sincere apology if you don’t believe you’ve done something wrong? Reminds me of being lined up as kids to apologise and the conditional ‘I’m sorry if I hurt your feelingsā€¦’ which I suppose could be extended to ‘I’m sorry for being so thoughtless that I failed to realise this would be hurtful to you.’ Also, this: http://prospect.org/article/crafting-better-political-apology

  2. methemog says:

    Thanks for the link Ellie – there was something similar in the British press yesterday or the day before (The Grauniad, I think) but I couldn’t find it.. Marvellous people, politicans!

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