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Old 07-25-2011, 03:23 PM   #11
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This is not a new concept, but one that I learned while in grade school.
I'm pretty sure I learned it from my parents. In grade school I learned that others were not taught this by their parents.

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Old 07-25-2011, 03:30 PM   #12
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Its a phrase I try to teach every adolescent I work with. I have varying degrees of success. To me, it means exactly what it says. No implication of apology at all. Just an acknowledgement of decisions made and a willingness to bear whatever comes from that.

I'd far rather hear, "I take responsibility for..." than, "Its not MY fault!"

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Old 07-25-2011, 03:40 PM   #13
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I think it simply means I'll fix it.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:43 PM   #14
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Reward the guilty and punish the innocent?
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:20 PM   #15
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saying that phrase is not an apology, but simply an acknowledgement of cause. i'm sorry is an apology, which should be said before it.
because it's "full" responsibility, it implies that you also will take the punishment and/or make reparations to the best of your ability.
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:34 PM   #16
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In reading these comments the idea of punishment, suffering, etc. seems to be a common theme. In my experience that is not always the case. I often use the phrase to politely let people know that it is really none of their concern.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:59 AM   #17
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For me it is right up there with "I'm sorry you were hurt by my actions". It is NO acknowledgement of wrong-doing, just a way of saying, "I can afford to pay off anyone." I was raised that an apology does the following:

Acknowledge you did wrong.
Resolve to never do it again (NOT resolve never to get caught again)
Make reparations for what you did (NOT write a check and go merrily on your way)
Be truly sorry for what you did (NOT be truly sorry you got caught and resolve to be smarter the next time around)

None of these apply to public figures who believe they are above the law.
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Old 07-26-2011, 07:11 AM   #18
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I think it has become an empty way of saying (especially in politics) that I'm the big guy here and even tho it wasn't my fault, I'll take the blame. I've noticed several times in the last few years the phrase was used to make us think the speaker was probably more sincere than they actually were. I don't pay attention to that but what the actions are in any circumstance.
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Old 07-26-2011, 01:05 PM   #19
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It's simple, people who accept responsibility get promoted, while people who accept the blame get fired.

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