I'm Sorry: 25 Ways To Apologize To Yourself

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Do you owe yourself an apology?

Part of finding more dates is getting right with yourself. If you're too busy listening to the conversations in your head, then chances are that opportunities are passing you by right and left. If you are stuck on past failed attempts, how can you be successful at talking to the person right in front of you? When you engage in these destructive behaviors, your relationships continue to suffer.

Find a quiet place, and dedicate an hour or so to working through the following letter. Replace hurtful actions with ones that will keep you connected and in the present moment when you are on your dates or in your current relationship. Identify when you've used these listening blocks and destructive behaviors in the past. Empathize by putting yourself in the other person's shoes for what you said or did. Then, wipe the slate clean, apologize, and identify what you will do (i.e. a solution) the next time a similar occasion arises. You have the choice. Healthy Relationships: Differentiation Of Self

Below is a template for writing an apology letter to yourself so that you can work through your fears. The first 12 are listening blocks and the last 13 are destructive behaviors to heal and re-focus on getting more of what you want: more dates so you can find someone that's compatible for you. Even in the healthiest of relationships, we have all caved into these undermining actions, whether it was due to stress, anxiety, boredom, or fear. Take a moment to forgive yourself and figure out a solution before you cave next time.

Dear Self,

1. I apologize for comparing, such as when I ___________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________. Stop Playing The Comparison Game!

2. I apologize for rehearsing what I was going to say, instead of actively listening to what you had to say, such as when I ______________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________.

3. I apologize for filtering, only paying attention to ____'s emotional state, such as when I ______________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________.

4. I apologize for judging before I actually heard and evaluated the contents of the message, such as when I ___________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________. Quiz: What's Your Communication Style?

5. I apologize for day-dreaming and losing track of the conversation, such as when I ___________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________.

6. I apologize for identifying with what you're saying, busting into the conversation to relate when I had a similar experience. I neglected to hear or get to know ____ better, such as when I did this __________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________.

7. I apologize for advising ____. I offered help and suggestions before I heard what was most important to them. I remember I did this when I _____. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________. Advice: Does Mr. Right Exist? [VIDEO]

8. I apologize for sparring—to debate and argue with people just to disagree. I recall doing this when I ___________. I apologize for using put-downs too, another form of sparring, such as when I ________. I apologize for discounting when other people give me compliments, this is another form of sparring, and I recall doing one time when I ________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________.

9. I apologize for going to great lengths to be right (sometimes twisting facts, shouting, making excuses or accusations, calling up past sins). I did this when ____________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________. Getting Past The Past

10. I apologize for derailing the conversation when I was uncomfortable, such as when I ___________. I apologize for derailing the conversation when I was bored, such as when I ______________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship by ______________. In the future, I will instead do ______________.

11. I apologize for placating so people would like me, agreeing to everything, such as when I ______________. Looking back, if I were on the receiving end of what I said, it would have made me feel ______________. I now understand my behavior was destructive, because it affected our relationship

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