Are You Sorry?

This post may contain affiliate links. Read our Affiliate Disclosure here.

When did this get started?

How is it that so many of us women have grown up and kept up this habit of apologizing for everything?  Where did it come from?  Do you do it, and if so, why are you sorry?

As a Boomer born in 1959, it’s only in my fourth and fifth decades of life that I’ve come to recognize this unconscious habit of feeling the need to use and overuse these words:  “I’m sorry”.


Okay, so yes, it’s excellent to apologize when we’ve really made a mistake or done something we regret.  Let’s be quick to apologize for those things, and get it over with and move forward.

That’s not what this is about.  Rather, this is about how it is that so many people, especially women, seem to use these words as if to apologize for existing, for being present, for saying something or for taking up space.

The Psychology of Apology


Sorry lady, Women who apologize, women who are sorry, women who feel inferior, baby boomers, best boomers and beyond,
I’m sorry…

We’re intrigued by the psychology of this and how it came into existence, and this Pantene commercial provides a good visual intro to this topic.


“Women have more connectivity between the left brain and the right brain and because of that we’re more emotional and more sensitive to how other people are feeling,” Tonya Reiman, author of The Power of Body Language, told ABC News. “Therefore, we feel like we need to apologize for everything.”

“If women can delete the apology and just go forth with their statement, they’ll come across as much more powerful,” she added.

So women, own the value of your years of experience, wisdom and contribution.  Don’t apologize for not knowing something.  Learn it if you’re interested, but don’t apologize for not knowing.  Don’t apologize for taking up space on this earth, for speaking your mind, or having a divergent opinion on something.  Don’t apologize for questioning things that don’t sound right or make sense to you.

If you have any thoughts or comments to share, please do!  The world needs your contribution… the art in your word, thoughts, craft, creativity… that shade of rare named you.

Sorry puppy, I'm sorry, Are You Sorry?, Women who apologize, women who are sorry, Baby Boomers, Boomers And Beyond, Best Boomers,
Sorry. Not sorry actually. I had fun being myself!




FDA Compliance

The information on this website has not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration or any other medical body. We do not aim to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease. Information is shared for educational purposes only. You must consult your doctor before acting on any content on this website, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medication, or have a medical condition.

Affiliate Disclosure is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Pages on this site may include affiliate links to Amazon and its affiliate sites on which the owner of this website will make a referral commission.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.