It's The Ethical Thing To DoI've made it into a sort of motto for myself. Never apologize for speaking your mind and always apologize when you're wrong.
It's a tough motto to stick to but I try hard.
There's nothing shameful about apologizing. In fact, it's the fair, ethical thing to do. I would expect it from others, so why should the standards be any less stringent for my own self?
A big personal benefit of apologizing when you're wrong is that it puts me into a much more receptive mindset. It gives me a chance to improve, to learn, instead of forcing me to blunder on with all sorts of illusions, clinging to them steadfastly despite ob
In practice though, there are always barriers to apologizing. Social norms play a part. It's a blow to the ego (most people ARE egotistical to some extent). It doesn't feel good to admit you're wrong.
But in the long run, it's the best policy and I always strive to get rid of the momentary impulses of vanity and pride. Being honest has it's benefits.