For many people, saying “I’m sorry” is really difficult, even if you realize that you were at fault for something. It feels like giving up or giving in and admitting you were wrong is never easy. It can hurt your dignity and confidence and it can make you appear weak. But, it’s important to realize that a lot of good can come from an apology. It will allow you to move on from the mistake and you’ll feel better about yourself. After all, it takes a big person to admit their wrongdoings. And sometimes, you may even have to apologize when you’ve done nothing wrong.
This can often be true in romantic relationships and while you shouldn’t make a habit of constantly taking the fall for your partner, once in a while it is the best solution to a problem. If neither person apologizes, the issue at hand will never go away. It might get swept under the rug but both parties will keep it compartmentalized in their minds, ready to bring it up at the first sign of a new fight.
Apologizing when you’re not wrong doesn’t mean you’re submissive or weak. It truly means the opposite. You’re strong enough and confident enough in your dignity to take the fall because you know it’s best. You know that it will only help your relationship and enable you and your partner to move on. Your partner will be grateful and, as long as they are not the gloating type, he or she will realize what you are doing and will learn from it. When you are faced with a situation like this, recognize it as a moment that could improve your relationship, not as a burden. Again, if you seem to be making a habit of always taking the fall, then you should consider why that’s happening. But if, once in awhile, you realize how insignificant a ‘sorry’ can be when you just suck it up and say it, the happier you will be with yourself and the better off your relationship will be.