How I Stopped Apologizing When I Hadn’t Done Anything Wrong

In the spring of 2015, I began to notice how much I apologized when I wasn’t actually sorry.

I caught myself doing it on a Friday morning, back in the Before Times, when I physically worked in an office. Every Friday morning, I updated an inner-office list and distributed copies to everyone in the office. My boss’s door was closed that morning, and as I usually did, I gave it a little knock before walking in to drop off his copy of the list. When I walked in, my boss was talking with two male co-workers. I heard it right…

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