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Women are increasingly aware of our over-apologetic tendencies, thanks to everything from Amy Schumer sketches to Pantene ad campaigns:
(Proving their point, my knee-jerk response was that I was super sorry for my role in all of it.)
A 2010 study from the University of Waterloo’s Department of Psychology hypothesized that “men apologize less frequently than women because they have a higher threshold for what constitutes offensive behavior.” Those habits are hard to break, and being self-conscious about them can ironically compel a lot of us to apologize more.
But “sorry” is overused, especially when other language can better communicate our sentiments. So before you say it, consider what you actually mean — because these alternative phrases may help clarify where you’re coming from: