Please help me understand an item in a self-report questionnaire: "When I am blamed for something, I make excuses."
My intuitive understanding of it is something like this: when I am blamed for something, I tend to come up with excuses like "but I had had a bad day" or "But they verbally attacked me first" or "but I was thinking about something else".
Anther person understood it to mean something like: when I am blamed for something, I apologize.
How would a native speaker understand it?
Thanks in advance!