How to Accept Blame When You Deserve It: 11 Steps (with Pictures)

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Lisa B. Kift, MFT

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Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, California Online Therapy & Counseling

This article was co-authored by Lisa B. KIFT is MFT. Lisa B. Kieft is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) for California Online Therapy and Counseling and the founder of Love and Life Toolbox, which provides tools for emotional health and relationships. With over 15 years of experience, Lisa specializes in core work and family relationship issues. In addition to being licensed with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences, Lisa has a Masters of Counseling Psychology from National University. She offers individual and couples counseling online or face-to-face in Larkspur, Marin County, CA for California residents. Lisa is a frequent consultant to the media and has written for news and other online resources such as CNN, HuffingtonPost, Shape and MensHealth. This article has been viewed 423,212 times.

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To accept blame when you deserve it, try to remember that owning up to your mistakes and being accountable makes you mature and responsible, not weak. If you’ve done something wrong, talk to the person or people involved as soon as possible and admit that you made a mistake. For example, you could say something like, “I was wrong for yelling at you yesterday. Even though I’m upset, it’s not okay.” Then, apologize if the situation warrants it. After accepting blame for something, try to offer a solution to rectify your mistake. For example, if you messed up at work, you could offer to stay late to fix the problem. For advice from our co-author, such as how to gracefully accept the consequences of a mistake, keep reading.

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