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By: Mary Gergen

In: Relational Responsibility: Resources for Sustainable Dialogue

Chapter 9: Relational Responsibility: Deconstructive Possibilities

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Relational Responsibility: Deconstructive Possibilities
Relational responsibility: Deconstructive possibilities

A fax found in my study June 1996 contained this scribbled message:

Mary, This is not anywhere near what I had hoped to send you … I keep running into life's dilemmas

  • chipped tooth—I'm off to the dentist for a cap this a.m. for 3 hrs!
  • well going dry—I am rationing water & getting a monitor
  • unexpected guests and the weekend went whizzing by
  • allergies/cold/reaction to dryness & fire fall out. What a life. This week I do have time and will write write write. Oh how guilty I am! And how amazing to have such a list of excuses!!….


And so to begin with a familiar story: a litany of guilt, rationalizations, supplications, and remorse, from one friend to another, to justify some ...

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