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Ask Dr. Tseday: April 2, 2009

MW from Rancho Cucamonga, CA asks: My friend and I had a falling out. It was my mistake. I have apologized to her many times, but she still doesn’t want to talk to me. Can you suggest a different approach? I miss my friend a lot. Thank You.

Dr. Tseday responds: What you must understand is that apologies do not always make things better. They do not necessarily make things go back to the way they were. Once one apologizes, the other has the choice to accept or not the apology. If your friend does not accept your apology, you must accept her decision and go on about life. The sadness and loss you feel you simply have to embrace.

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Dr. Tseday is a clinical psychologist and one of the country's leading experts in marriage, relationships, and self development. She advocates a unique and at times controversial approach to the dynamics of marriage and personal development, the necessary element for a successful relationship. Read more »

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