I’m sorry. How do you like me now?

I’m sorry that Canadians are so apologetic.

Across four experiments with 730 people, superfluous apologies — that is, saying sorry for things for which you’re ultimately blameless — were proven to improve strangers’ opinions of the people expressing regret. The unwarranted contrition was interpreted by recipients as a sign of empathy, boosting the apologizer’s likability, perceived compassion and trustworthiness.

via One easy secret to make people like and trust you more.

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