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11/29/21 What is a Good Apology?

As we pass Thanksgiving and head for the new year, families and friends often spend a lot of time together. With such togetherness comes love, camaraderie, and support, of course. But, togetherness can also bring discomfort, disagreements, and animosity. And, whether we want to admit or not, sometimes we’re not completely innocent bystanders. We’re human, and all of us can say and do the wrong things at times.That’s why our guest today argues that apologies are essential to maintaining loving relationships. In fact, in a recent article in the Huffington Post, “I’m sorry” was ranked as the sixth most important thing the happiest couples say to each other—right up there with giving compliments and expressing thanks. So, in this episode, we talk about apologies: When to do them, how to them well, and what holds us back from doing them, even when we know we should. Host David B. Feldman speaks with Dr. Molly Howes, clinical psychologist and author of A Good Apology: Four Steps to Make Things Right.