Why Is “I’m Sorry” Overused by Women and Underused by Men?

Handshake Why is it that we're seeing more high-profile apologies from men than from women? Recent they have been coming from everyone from Mark McGwire (performance enhancer), David Letterman (wife cheater), Chris Brown (girlfriend beater), John Mayer (N word user) and even the reclusive Florida Tiger (serial wife cheater).  Sure, one big reason is that there are far more men than women in high-profile positions — and thus more men who are liable to have something to publicly apologize for. But there's also something basic about our communication styles too at play. For women saying sorry frequently and immediately after they have committed an offense is a tool they use to keep relationships steady. Women even say sorry when they aren’t at fault as a means of expressing empathy, or when they are only partly to blame. Men however, see admitting to mistakes as a sign of weakness, consequently the more alpha male a man is, the harder for him to admit his error. In a working environment a recent study found that men tended to apologise to women and to bosses, whereas women were more likely to apologise to an underling. Perhaps the men see it as less of a weakness to say sorry to a woman or perhaps it is good news and they are more sensitive to the need to apologise to women when they are actually wrong. We can but hope! You can see more of the Time article that the information came from and the top ten apologies here.

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