If you have been a regular viewer of the TV show NCIS will remember Special Agent Jethro Gibbs (played by Mark Harmon) had rules he lived by. Often on the show, he would reference rule number six: "Never say you’re sorry."  But Agent Gibbs never said you should not Apologize for any wrongdoing.

Mark Harmon acted as Agent Jethro Gibbs on NCIS
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The Language Education Company Preply surveyed thousands of United States Citizens to find out more information about the apologies they give and receive. The national results found that 48 percent of Americans say the apologies they give are sometimes or rarely sincere.

While the residents of the state of Pennsylvania are the Most Sincere when giving apologies, the state of New Jersey is on the opposite end of the spectrum. Preply Survey results say that residents of the Garden State are tied for the 7th Least Sincere When Apologizing. Who knew that a state's border could make such a difference in who is Sincere and who isn't?

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Photo by Afif Ramdhasuma on Unsplash

Also, the residents of New York are seventh in the rankings of Most Sincere Apologies, so New Jersey is surrounded by people who are better at apologizing than they are. I understand that New Jersey Residents are in the Top Ten Proudest States in America, but that doesn't seem like a good reason to be so insincere about apologizing.

Either many New Jersey residents do not want to take responsibility for their actions or they are very stubborn about the position they take in a dispute, these people seem to let their pride get in the way.  Another one of Special Agent Gibbs' Rules is "It’s better to seek forgiveness than ask permission" which means when you do push boundaries, you may offend people but you still have to awareness of how your actions impact others.

Mark Harmon plays Special Agent Jethro Gibbs
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That is the difference that these residents of the Garden State overlook: Apologizing is not about you, it is for the other person to show you want to maintain a healthy relationship, whether it is with a spouse, friend, or co-worker.

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