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How to break the cycle of being an over-pleaser and apologising even when you're not wrong

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Friends arrive half an hour early for dinner, and you're "sorry" you're not ready. You're "sorry" that the supermarket ran out of your kids' favourite pizza. You tell your husband you're "sorry, but you have a headache tonight".

But none of these scenarios are your fault and you shouldn't feel like you need to apologise for them. So, why do you do it? How can you stop?

Below we share some of the reasons why we're so quick to accept liability and what you can do to stop over-apologising.

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