You could say something like, "I am sorry for ________, it seems to have upset you and I didn't want that to happen." You really aren't apologizing for what you have DONE but for the misconceptions that might have arisen from it - on here (EP, the computer), we don't get the benefit of facial ex<x>pressions, inflections, tone of voice so sometimes people misunderstand what we are saying or what we may mean by it - that is what you can apologize for.<br />
And I would hope that a sincere apology would always work - it is sad when that happens, but you can't be responsible for someone else not taking your apology and granting forgiveness - then it becomes their issue to deal with...
If you have not done anything wrong then this is a misunderstanding of sorts. Rather than apologize, try communicating your feelings about this situation. This way you give yourself validation in the other persons eyes. <br />
You could say that you are sorry for the misunderstanding and want to talk about this but you will give your power away if you apologize for something that you did not do.<br />
If this is a common occurrence with a particular person then a re-evaluation of the balance of power might be helpful. One has the role of power and one takes the role of being wrong most of the time and this is not healthy emotionally.
well apologising doesn't mean you are always wrong but u value more the relationship than personal pride.
say your sorry for making them feel that you did something wrong, and explain you didnt mean any harm by it.
"I'm sorry you feel that way" lol
I always say "I apologize...." <br />
Sorry indicates that you actually feel "sorry", whereas apologizing is just an empty verb.
It actually makes me really mad when someone is disingenuous enought to say.."I'm sorry you feel that way" or "I'm sorry if that bothered you"....In other words they're sorry I'm wrong...It's not a true apology....<br />
In order to truly apologise you need to understand the error...understand the affect...and consequences....<br />
Then take ownership! Nothing less than full responsibility for the mistake and a sincere offer to make amends...I'm sorry is soo anemic! Say why you're sorry...recognize the hardship it caused and find out what you can do...if anything...<br />
You want to know how to say you're sorry when you've done nothing wrong? Then learn to see it from their perspective...only then will you be able to empathize and see the error enough to give a real apology...
sumtimes its jz better 2 say it n 4gt it n get on wif life...if ppl frm al around d world kip on thinkin bout dis life wouldn't go on..rite? MOVE IT,PPL!
just to see a little smile on the face of the person i love.<br />
i'm ready to say 'i am sorry' a zillion times even if i'm not wrong.
Depends, what did you do wrong that you're in denial about?<br />
I say that because otherwise you wouldn't need to apologize....
To those who know me I am forever appologizing for EVERYTHING. I imagine it gets annoying. Oh gods I almost just said sorry for that too.<br />
If you truly don't think you have done nothing wrong you shouldn't need to appologize. (says the appology hypocrite) Just keep being your humorous self. I don't want you to change.
I like the responses. In answer to the people who indicate that you really must be at fault if you're needing to apologize...sometimes a boss or power situation can force you to apologize to someone/others when you are not at fault. In the work situation, this is often done to take the heat off the boss, in many cases the real person at fault. It sucks, but I did like reading the various comments. Thanks, people out there. I joined this site just to respond to this.