“In this High Holiday season, when we want to make amends with others, Howes’ illuminating book is a valuable guide “to make things right”

JEWISH BOSTON
When Saying “I’m Sorry” Isn’t Enough
by Judy Bolton-Fasman
September 14, 2020

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced,” said James Baldwin. Clinical psychologist Molly Howes takes Baldwin’s reflection to heart in her excellent and engaging book, “A Good Apology: Four Steps to Make Things Right.” Culled from her decades-long experience as a therapist, Howes presents engaging and clear-eyed narratives of what works and what doesn’t in shaping a sincere apology. Howes has studied the wisdom of successful apologies articulated in world religions, business models and psychotherapy literature. But the mainstay of her research is her patients’ stories, which she conveys with empathy and compassion. Her patients’ situations and observations inform her four-step approach to offering an apology…READ MORE

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