Sunday September 03, 2017
How to apologize well and avoid apologizing badly
more stories from this episode
- Why do Canadians apologize so much?
- The perfect personal apology letter — for a price
- A drunk driver apologizes to the family of the person he killed
- Saying sorry with stuff: One website tries to make reparations to people of colour
- The complicated cost of apologizing for residential schools
- Should more governments apologize for the 60s Scoop?
- How to apologize well and avoid apologizing badly
- Full Episode
Susan McCarthy and Marjorie Ingall have made it part of their life's work to applaud good 'sorrys' and call out bad ones.
"We aren't really taught what the elements of apology are. It's pretty simple but we're not taught it. Oftentimes when we are kids we're told to apologize. We're not told what's a good apology," McCarthy told Piya.
The two writers started the website SorryWatch to analyze apologies in the news, literature, and history.
Their recent pick for worst apology was Jennifer Lawrence apologizing for scratching her butt on sacred rocks in Hawaii.
RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson apologizing for sexual discrimination, harassment, and abuse within the force.
Out in the Open created a handy graphic to ensure your next apology is as good as possible:
This story originally aired on January 15, 2017