The Profound Power of an Authentic Apology

Genuine apology goes beyond remorse, says legendary playwright Eve Ensler. In this frank, wrenching talk, she shares how she transformed her own experience of abuse into wisdom on what wrongdoers can do and say to truly repent — and offers a four-step roadmap to help begin the process.

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Joel Elveson
Joel Elveson

Any apology you give must be sincere and from the heart. Perhaps the need to say your sorry was precipitated by a need to make needed changes to your life or learned inappropriate behaviors. Repeating the mistake that necessitated the need for an apology in the first place will likely not be met with acceptance this time.

Aldo Delli Paoli
Aldo Delli Paoli

Problems arise when we experience clear awareness of regret, painful regret for something that has not been done, or remorse, torment and anger, for what has been done. The knot lies precisely in this point, in not being able to live with the awareness of our mistakes.
Awareness is positivity, it is growth, it is always a goal and precisely when it brings us regret or remorse, it is offering us the opportunity to go beyond error, to imagine and make choices closer to our model of life.

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