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Does your husband say is sorry for something and in the same breath give a lousy excuse for why he did what he did. Why doesn't he realize it negates his apology.

By giving an excuse, he is saying that he did not do anything wrong.


Asked by tootoobusy at 3:26 PM on Sep. 12, 2010 in Relationships

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  • yup. and often i get a billion excuses before we get to the apology. his mom and dad - wonderful as they are - never taught either of their sons personal responsibility. my husband has had a hard life because of his inability and/or lack of desire to take responsibility for his actions (i.e. immaturity). i have been very clear with my husband that an apology with an excuse means nothing to me except that he is not owning his actions which only pisses me off more than if he said nothing at all - what's wrong is wrong. there is, however, a slight difference between an explanation and excuse. sometimes an explanation allows the "victim" to understand where the other was coming from and find ways to solve the problem. maybe this is what he is trying to do and just not good at communicating it? you know him best to know if it's that or just avoiding responsibility

    Answer by figaro8895 at 7:07 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Like m-avi said. It's a typical man. It will hurt their ego to admit they are wrong and it takes a lot of pride just to apologize.

    Answer by mommy_of_two388 at 3:29 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • They defend themselves when they are wrong... :O

    Answer by Mrs.Bryant1201 at 3:30 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Everyone does that at one point or another. It doesn't neccisarily negate the apology, but it doesn't help if it's a half-ass excuse.

    Answer by JazzlikeMraz at 3:36 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • That's typical for any man, husband or not.

    Answer by m-avi at 3:27 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • I have one of those at home. Sometimes he mixes it up a little and tells me how he's sorry but how it's really basically my fault instead. Keeps things interesting :)

    Answer by hibbingmom at 3:28 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • No, he justs says sorry because he knows by now that it's all over if he keeps it simple!!

    Answer by elizabr at 3:29 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • He is trying to save face. Let him do it. He apologized, that is what matters. That he doesn't want to feel badly about himself is not a bad thing.

    Answer by Bmat at 3:29 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • I feel that by making an excuse, he hasn't thought it through. He won't be able to make changes the next time because he has not truly accepted the responsibility and understood what he has done wrong. There is always an excuse.

    Comment by tootoobusy (original poster) at 3:42 PM on Sep. 12, 2010

  • Id have to say thats typical for any person, not just men. I know I have done it many times. I work very hard not to now that I know I do it though. My husband doesnt apologize, he will act sorry, but he is stuborn and wont apologize, but I know when he is sorry so it works for us.

    Answer by -LovingMamma- at 3:43 PM on Sep. 12, 2010