Two Magic Words that Keep Relationships Together

Harriet Lerner Ph.D. discusses how apologizing can keep marriages, friendships, and families from falling apart.

“An apology, like a nail, is a seemingly small yet vital tool. Without it, things fall apart.

In my work as a psychologist, I see marriages fail and family members stop speaking to one another because someone will not apologize, or the apology is offered in a way that only deepens the injury rather than widening the path for forgiveness and reconciliation.

Even good relationships suffer quietly beneath the surface when a hurt or insult goes unrepaired. For the want of a heartfelt apology, a kingdom of trust and affection may be lost…” Read more:


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