Getting into a fight with your significant other is always difficult, but you don't want to make matters worse by coming up with an apology that doesn't ring with sincerity. Most of us know what not to do when apologizing, but there some other unexpectedthings you should never do during an apology with your partner if you want to move on from the disagreement. Most of us don't spend too much time thinking about the details of how we say "I'm sorry," but how you apologize matters just as much as the apology itself.
"It is natural and normal to have conflict in a relationship," relationship therapist Rhonda Milrad, LCSW tells Bustle. "A sign of health in the relationship is being able to work through it and make repairs. Apologies are a powerful tool to help mend relationships and, if done correctly, can enhance intimacy by making a partner feel understood, acknowledged, safe and secure in the relationship."
We all will make relationship mistakes eventually, so knowing how to properly mend them — and make our partner feel respected — is key. Here are seven unexpected things you should never do when apologizing to your partner, because just saying "I'm sorry" sometimes isn't enough.