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On Apology

ISBN-10: 0195189116
ISBN-13: 9780195189117
Edition: 2005
Authors: Aaron Lazare
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Description: One of the most profound interactions that can occur between people, apologies have the power to heal humiliations, free the mind from deep-seated guilt, remove the desire for vengeance, and ultimately restore broken relationships. With On Apology,  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/3/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

One of the most profound interactions that can occur between people, apologies have the power to heal humiliations, free the mind from deep-seated guilt, remove the desire for vengeance, and ultimately restore broken relationships. With On Apology, Aaron Lazare offers an eye-opening analysis of this vital interaction, illuminating an often hidden corner of the human heart. He discusses the importance of shame, guilt, and humiliation, the initial reluctance to apologize, the simplicity of the act of apologizing, the spontaneous generosity and forgiveness on the part of the offended, the transfer of power and respect between two parties, and much more. Readers will not only find a wealth of insight that they can apply to their own lives, but also a deeper understanding of national and international conflicts and how we might resolve them. The act of apologizing is quite simply immensley fulfulling. On Apology opens a window onto this common occurrence to reveal the feelings and actions at the heart of this profound interaction.

The growing importance of apologies
The paradox of apologies
How apologies heal
Acknowledging the offense
Remorse, explanations, and reparation
Why people apologize
Why people do not apologize
The timing of apologies
Delayed apologies
Negotiating apologies
Apology and forgiveness
Afterword : the future of apologies

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