Taking Responsibility For My Actions Worksheet

Video & audio overview of the worksheet

What is the theory behind the worksheet?

Taking responsibility for one’s actions may require you to offer someone an apology. A genuine apology requires feelings of remorse, offering an apology, explaining (not excusing) the situation, offering reparation, and asking for forgiveness. An apology that offers these elements is usually well received because they are honest and humbly expressed.

This type of respectful communication allows for personal growth and improvement in your interpersonal relations.

How will the worksheet help?

This worksheet offers you a reminder of what elements your apology should include and an opportunity to draft your apology letter.

Having an opportunity to draft and edit your letter will help you ensure that your expression is clearly communicated. This is a good manner to help you understand your wants and needs. Reflecting on your communication and situation will help you write this letter.

How to use the worksheet?

Find time to sit and think about your apology letter. You will need time to draft and edit your letter, perhaps even taking a break and returning to the letter at a later date to edit it. 

Use the key elements as a guide to help you structure your letter.

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Association for Psychological Science. (2016). Effective Apologies Include Six Elements. https://www.psychologicalscience.org/news/minds-business/effective-apologies-include-six-elements.html