Apologies & Forgiveness

The Power of Clarification

Clarification isn't a new topic; looking at it from a holistic perspective maybe -- when we clarify, we make our awareness field & consciousness clear. Allow me to clarify… The Mind operates on...

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Mediating Environmental Conflicts

Mediating Environmental Conflicts will be of interest to those who seek a better understanding of environmental conflicts, and of the use of mediation in resolving such conflicts. This work is divided into eighteen chapters, with bibliography and index. Each chapter is an independent article. 

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Two Years Later, Jasper Builds a Legacy of Racial Harmony – Part 2

If prayers can absolve a community of murder, it will happen here… Jasper observes a grim anniversary this week. On June 7, it will be two years since three white men abducted a 49-year-old black man, chained his ankles to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him to his death along 3 miles of logging road, rending his body and clothing into 74 pieces. Two of the men were Jasper residents, and so was their victim, James Byrd Jr.

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Two Years Later, Jasper Builds a Legacy of Racial Harmony – Part 1

If prayers can absolve a community of murder, it will happen here… Jasper observes a grim anniversary this week. On June 7, it will be two years since three white men abducted a 49-year-old black man, chained his ankles to the back of a pickup truck and dragged him to his death along 3 miles of logging road, rending his body and clothing into 74 pieces. Two of the men were Jasper residents, and so was their victim, James Byrd Jr.

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Apology, Forgiveness, and Reconciliation

Forgiveness is a word that has a variety of definitions, meanings, and connotations. Depending on personal beliefs and values, forgiveness has different roles in peoples’ lives. Therefore, when someone tells you they forgive you, there are a multitude of meanings that may be behind it. These varying views of forgiveness can best be seen by the plethora of ideas and motivations offered by the authors of our in-class texts.

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The Power of an Apology

Critics who accused President Obama of leading an “apology tour” during his early foreign trips might claim some vindication from this week’s presidential visit to Israel, which culminated in a spectacular apology that took place in a trailer at the airport as the president was about to depart for Jordan.

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An Apology Can Do Wonders

The most important aspect of an apology is sincerity: one absolutely must be sincere when apologizing. If the person to whom the apology is being made intuits that the apology is insincere, the apology will surely backfire, and if anything, make the situation worse…

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Duì bu qĭ seems to be the hardest word

Forms of apology may exist within all cultures but not perhaps with the same meanings. This paper aims to explore some of the orthodoxies surrounding Chinese cultural norms and how they impact concepts of apology and forgiveness.  Are the orthodox beliefs about culture consistent with the manner in which apology is experienced by Chinese people?

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De-Escalation: The Key to Peace

Nancy had rented a small cottage on Tom and Tracy’s ranch.  The cottage was old and the previous tenants had left it a mess.  Over the period of several months, Nancy became frustrated at Tom and Tracy’s apparent unwillingness to fix the cottage.

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The Neuropsychololgy of Forgiveness

I ran into a former student the other day.  She said, “You heard that Tom abandoned me in the practice, didn’t you?”
“No,” I replied.  “I hadn’t heard a word.  What happened?”
“He just decided to leave.  I am so mad at him I could kill him.  I’ll never forgive him!”

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