An Apology could change your life. No kidding! Almost like magic, an apology has the power to repair harm, mend relationships, soothe wounds and heal broken hearts. There are millions of people today walking around filled with rage, resentment fear, anger …animosity you name it ….it’s draining…..and my guest today Dr. Jennifer Thomas says an apology can change all that. Dr. Jen explains – there are five languages to an apology, she will tell us what those five languages are and how to use them in our everyday lives.
When you know you’ve offended someone, you should act with urgency to repair the problem. Spell out what you have done wrong, how this has “put out” the other person, show concern for them, and explain what will truly be different next time. In order to give the most successful apologies, you should ask the people close to you what they most appreciate hearing in an apology. After you learn the apology languages of your friends, family members and co-workers, you will have the extra benefit of being able to give targeted apologies. These apologies will hit their mark and impart the full measure of your sincerity.
Sincere apologies are a precious gift. They impart a feeling to the receiver of being deeply valued. Further, they smooth the way to true forgiveness and reconciliation. May you surprise others with the transparency, humility, and boldness of your apologies!
Dr. Jennifer M. Thomas is a wife and mother of two school-aged kids and one feisty four-year-old. Jennifer is a motivational speaker and a psychologist in private practice in Winston-Salem, NC. She is the co-author, along with Dr. Gary Chapman, of The Five Languages of Apology (Northfield Publishing: 2006). This book has been translated into a dozen languages and they’ve been radio guests on Focus on the Family and Janet Parshall’s America – and now The DrStem Show on America Out Loud. Jennifer frequently consults with companies on leadership and relationship issues.
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