This is a sticky area in life forgiving and apologizing. Many people strongly believe they do not need to apologize because they don’t see their actions as wrong.
Equally forgiveness is not given out easily because mostly it is expected without an apology but mostly the deed was so great it was not forgivable.
Religious practices preach forgiveness and yet I do not think that for example children in parental abuse situations should easily forgive. I certainly would not forgive if I had been abused regardless of whether there was an apology or not.
When you are faced with a simple and genuine apology then forgiveness is easy but ask a parent to accept the apology and forgive a criminal for murdering their child – I would say that is off the cards.
I have seen children wacked out of control to say sorry for dropping something on the ground in the supermarket so I can see when that child grows up the whole sorry and forgiveness would certainly not be acknowledged.
The degree of wrong and the genuine apology is a case for forgiveness. But deep seated issues cannot be bandaid by an apology and forgiveness regardless of how psychiatrist deems it a necessity. I think we have moved beyond the dream world and regard our surroundings in reality.
Apologies can be given when it is accepted it was a mistake and forgiveness only granted if the apology is genuine and not of a great significance.
Every circumstance is different and I respond only to genuine situations and definitely not in an extreme wrong done to me.