Whenever somebody apologizes in group therapy, I automatically say “No need to apologize.”
I don’t apologize for that response, because my experience is that people apologize too much, especially when they’re feeling anxious or self-conscious. And in my therapy groups, I observe people learning to break the habit of apologizing for being themselves and for being human. No need to apologize for that kind of progress.
But what if there IS a need for somebody to apologize? Should I still say, “No need to apologize?”
No need to apologize for my asking more questions about the need to apologize:
- When is there a need to apologize?
- How do you apologize?
- How do you respond to apologies?
- Is there a need to apologize for taking only one photo all day yesterday?
No need to apologize if you have some thoughts and feelings about the need to apologize. No need to apologize if you leave or if you don’t leave a comment.
There IS a need to apologize if I don’t express my gratitude to all who helped me create today’s post and to you — of course! — for being here, now.