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Taking offense outside personal relationships

We often take offense outside our personal relationships—for example, a comment on Facebook that ridicules or questions something we find important or of value.

We use our values and beliefs to make judgements. Our belief in specific values may be an important part of our identity and explains why we take offense when those values are not respected.

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If you are not sure if you will cause offense, try to put yourself in the shoes of the people you are talking to. Ask yourself if you are saying what they would realistically expect you to say and if you are treating them fairly.

Our expectations are mostly formed in the context of our relationships with others. When they are breached, we tend to feel offended.

Most of us have felt offended at a remark. However, we have probably also experienced the shock of finding out that others were offended by our comments, even if we had no intention of hurting them.

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Arguments and fights are common in the relationships. But an effective apology can give the relationship a new chance to blossom. Everybody needs to address the issues and practice empathy to apologize.

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