Comments: Apology: More Power Than We Think

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Anita  Vestal, Kissimmee FL   09/15/10
Sincere Apology Cannot be Forced or Stifled
In a dispute there are at least two parties who need to be healed so they can put the incident behind them and continue with life. Forgiving is something that can be done either aloud or silently and can help both parties move on. A voiced apology, if sincere, should not be stifled for fear of loss of money in my opinion. When settlement is only about money, we have greediness in the world.

Stan , Prosser Wa   09/04/09
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André Racine, Montréal area QC     11/01/05
Apology: More powerfull than we think
Excellent article and very educational. André Racine, Québec - Canada

Pam , Bozeman MT   10/21/05
Great article. It should be pointed out that if a case resolves with an apology, be it any of the four types, there may not be a settlement amount from which a contingency fee paid attorney can benefit. I wonder if there would then be a dispute between attorney and client regarding appropriate fees?

Jean Sidwell, Denver CO     09/30/05
Food for thought: A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt. -G.K. Chesterton, author (1874-1936)

Christos  Papadopoulos, NSW- Australia     09/30/05
Well discussed. A reminder that Apology must be considered as integral part of Restorative Justice and where possible, a good point to aim for in mediation.

Bonita Para, Richland WA     09/29/05
Hi Darrell, This is right on track. Very well said and I applaud you for showing that there is always more we as mediators can do to assist our clients. Bonita Para