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How do you let someone know you are sorry for something?

I need someone to know Im truly sorry. How do I tell them?

Asked by Becca Morrison on Mar 4, 2010

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Angela Bininger   L4: Guide   9 answers   +5 votes
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I intend to write a factoid with a response to this. If you have wronged them, it is your actions that will speak to them now. Not words. It will take a long time, but if you are consistent they will eventually see you are sorry. In most cases anyway.

Posted on Mar 4, 2010
Laura Parry   L2: Contributor   1 answers   +1 votes
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I agree with Angela, but I also think it is important to ask for forgiveness. It may not be what they want to hear when you say it, but it will be important to them to know you asked for their forgiveness. And then don't let it happen again!

Posted on Mar 4, 2010
Judith Barton   L5: Authority   403 answers   +127 votes
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Say something like "I really screwed up when I [fill in the blank]. It was [unfair, unkind, thoughtless, cruel, mean, not true, etc]. I know that it hurt you and I am so so sorry. Can you find it in your heart to forgive me? I hope you will give me a chance to [make it up to you, redeem myself, prove my repentence, make it right, etc]"

When we do something we know was wrong or hurtful it is important to show true humility and ask forgiveness. Then move on and do your best to repair the damage and change your behavior. Remember apologies don't come with but's.  Example: I am sorry but you....   Apologies don't come with if's. Never say I'm sorry if what I said hurt you.

Posted on Mar 5, 2010
Shannon Richey   L3: Expert   15 answers   +9 votes
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 While I believe it is necessary to verbally apologize as well, your actions will speak the loudest. Make an effort to show the person that you really *are* sorry, don't let it happen again, etc. The effort is a big key, the person will sometimes appreciate this on its face, even if your verbal apology isn't eloquent!

Posted on Mar 19, 2010
Cheril'Sword   L3: Expert   40 answers   +27 votes
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Be honest and sincere in your words. Do not hide anything, as hiding is fearful and will be perceived that your words are not in alignment with your apology. When you are consistently honest, you are in alignment with higher integrity. Do not offer an apology  with shame or guilt, as these are tricks the ego use to hide truth. An innocent expression of an honest apology will not be ignored, as truth that comes from the heart has value to both the giver and receiver. If an apology is done with consistent honesty, it will be healing for both parties involved, and you will know because you will be free of the burden and find peace.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010
Lorie Spencer   L4: Guide   99 answers   +16 votes
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I've written an article in response to this question:

Saying Youre Sorry

The best to apologiz to your partner and why it is often not accepted. — continue reading...

Posted on Apr 15, 2010
Grace Galang   L3: Expert   36 answers   +6 votes
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Tell him the person how truly sorry you are. Speak to them, and show that you are really "sorry" on what you ever did to them. As the song goes, "sorry seems to be the hardest word" But in the end, after you have apologized, you will be relieved and feel great about it. And the person would definitely appreciate your apology. You will never have any awkward moment when you're with that person.

Posted on Feb 5, 2012
Bill Vertard   L3: Expert   96 answers   +33 votes
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Look the person in the face, say "I'm sorry and will never do it again." Then, never do it again.

Posted on Feb 6, 2012

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