Why do we feel the need to apologize? It's the act of coming together, to reconnect over a dispute that might have created a gap between you and the other person. It's difficult, opening yourself up like that, to be as exposed as a blanket in a tornado. This type of overexposure means it's easy, and rather obnoxious, when you see that the other person is clearly not meeting you halfway with a real, heartfelt apology.


Reddit user, u/anuwub-tch, wanted to know when to call someone out on their fake attitude when they asked:

Let's Start With The Worst Of The Worst

i'm sorry homer simpson GIF Giphy

"I'm sorry, but....."

Captain_Shadowhawk

You're Lack Of Self-Esteem Is Not An Excuse

When they pull the "pweeze don't hate me I ALWEDDY HATE MYSELF ;m;" crap.

MyDongIsAWiFiHotspot

I mean, I hate myself too, but that doesn't mean I have free reign to go around being a d-ck to people.

Aperture_T

Putting Out The CAll

"If anyone was offended..."

And

"I'm sorry but if you hadn't done what you did, I wouldn't have had to do what I did."

ChicagoBiHusband

A variation on the latter is sometimes used by racists to justify racist actions.

"If you didn't call me a racist, then I never would have done HORRIBLY_RACIST_THING!"

TechyDad

We'll Talk Of This NO FURTHER

Apologizing while simultaneously shutting down all discussion.

WhyTellYouAnything

Stop dwelling on the past, we need to move forward.

madogvelkor

When They Have More Important Things To Do

Saying they're sorry in a rushed way and then immediately going back to whatever they were doing (staring at their phone, putting headphones back in, playing video games etc). Like they just wanted you to get over it so they can get back to their lives.

Abazableh

The Worst Kind Of Aggression

sorry homer simpson GIF Giphy

passive-aggressive tone and wording or just add things like "you wanted me to say sorry" or "so what?" in their apologies.

LookusB

A Lack Of Understanding Why

Not being able to articulate exactly what it is they are apologizing for, or their understanding of why it upset you.

ZeroGhost8

The Non-Apology

"I'm sorry you feel that way"

8_______D

This. The non-apology.

ThreeToTheHead

When Nothing Changes Coming Out Of It

Unchanged behavior

EDP528

Yup, this. Right here.

An apology is like a good joke. It loses its meaning the more you use it.

JAG-01

Making It All About Them

"I'm sorry, I'm such a terrible person, I suck so bad, blah blah, comfort me I'm the real victim here!"

halcyonmeadow

In This Day And Age? All The Time.

season 9 news GIF Giphy

I'm making a 20min video with 5 un-skippable ads.

hud406

Basically stating that I'm sorry for getting caught,and the good ol'"I would never do the thing I'm obviously guilty of doing ...." then the "I was very young ......I was very different back then .....", "Im disappointed in myself ......" And finally ,"I'll learn and do better ....not really " then sometimes obligatory donation to which ever sub-group was offended and "I'll be taking a break ."

mbasakosani44

Want to "know" more? Never miss another big, odd, funny, or heartbreaking moment again. Sign up for the Knowable newsletter here.

People Describe The Worst Thing They've Ever Done Without Any Regrets
Bastian Pudill on Unsplash
We've all committed our share of wrongs in life that we are apologetic for.
Keep reading... Show less
People Confess Which Pieces Of Life Advice Can F**k Right Off
Daniel Herron on Unsplash

When a person sees someone they care about going through a struggle or crisis, their instinct is to uplift them with positive advice.

Keep reading... Show less

Kids start going to school from the age of five, and for the most part, they spend more time at school than at home. Because of that, teachers can become very important figures in the lives of their students.

Some students don't have the best home lives. Some keep it to themselves, but others confide in their teachers.

Curious about various situations, Redditor Delicious_Mastodon83 asked:

"teachers of reddit what is the saddest thing you found out about a student?"
Keep reading... Show less
People Divulge What Depression Really Feels Like To Them
Photo by Warren Wong on Unsplash

TRIGGER WARNING: This article contains sensitive content about depression and mental health.

As the stigma around mental health lessens (however slowly), people are more forthcoming about the problems they are facing. One of the most common mental health issues is depression.

Depression can affect many different types of people. Factors such as gender, race, nationality, and even age have no bearing on whether someone suffers from depression or not.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), globally, "...an estimated 3.8% of the population affected, including 5.0% among adults and 5.7% among adults older than 60 years..."

Depression displays in certain patterns, such as mood changes, physical difficulties, and social isolation. However, depression manifests differently in different people and feels different to different people.

Reddit users divulged what depression felt like to them when Redditor iodineseaspray asked:

"What does depression feel like to you?"

Some of this is sure to sound familiar.

Keep reading... Show less