Saying Sorry

According to a scientific study, we are hard wired to accept people’s apologies, even if they don’t really mean it. As humans began to live in groups for protection, we evolved a complex set of behavioral traits that ensures amicable relations between members. From the Scientific American:

If we were perfectly angelic specimens, we wouldn’t need the sociometer

to begin with; rather, the sociometer is as much a preemptive device

for disarming our selfish desires and preventing dips in our relational

value as it is a corrective one that prompts us to repair the

reputation-related damage we’ve already done. One quick-and-dirty

damage control tactic is apologizing to those we’ve wronged. And you

might be surprised to learn just how effective a simple apology can be.

In fact, a recent series of studies showed that, to a large extent, it

doesn’t even matter if the apology is patently insincere—at least for

the target of the original wrongdoing.

A great example in action:


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Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.