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Can you apologize too much? Sorry, but read this to find out

By Teddy Amenabar

06 Apr 2023 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

Saying "I'm sorry" can build a sense of trust, according to scientific research. The Post explains why this small attempt to recognize someone else's situation has its benefits.

Some people use the phrase "I'm sorry" several times a day. They apologize for the weather, for your sick cat and for other small challenges beyond anybody's control.

These chronic apologizers are often told to break the "I'm sorry" habit. But should they? Can someone really apologize too much?

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