The results of a recent Baylor study back up what Mom always said: “If you want to make things right, say you’re sorry.”
Research by Dr. Jo-Ann Tsang, an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, found that an apology is more effective even than restitution when it comes to gaining forgiveness. Making amends can help, the study found, but an apology is often needed to repair the damage fully.
Tsang’s findings were published in the Journal of Positive Psychology, but have been picked up by mainstream media ranging from MSNBC to London’s Daily Mail to newsstand staple Cosmopolitan. (Bet you didn’t expect to find Baylor research in Cosmo!)
Sic ’em, Dr. Tsang!