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  • The psychology of saying sorry

    “Sometimes, the hurt is just too much; sometimes the pain goes so deep that you can’t let it go, and you can’t really expect or demand forgiveness from someone who has had a great deal of hurt.

    “There are a lot of barriers to an apology being good and effective, but sometimes an apology can be a genuine, healing part of a process between two people, or even two cultural groups.

    “There are a number of reasons why an apology might not be forthcoming. Sometimes it’s stubbornness, sometimes it’s pure insensitivity – the people just doesn’t have the awareness of the harm they’ve done – and sometimes it’s because the person feels a great deal or shame and guilt, so much so that they can’t get into a place from where they can offer an apology.

    “If someone who has been hurt can get to a point of forgiveness though, it can be for their benefit, not for the person who has caused the pain. That forgiveness is a good way for the victim to be able to heal and move on, so being in a place of forgiveness can be a good, positive thing for them.”

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  • Still a 'lot to discover' around the causes of dementia

    "It’s good that we’re talking about dementia again in the news, as that helps to raise awareness and increase understanding. Also, for some people who are living with dementia it could reduce the sense of isolation and stigma that living with dementia can sometimes bring.

    "I do think it’s important to sound a bit of a note of caution though.

    "Dr Simon Ridley, the Head of Research at Alzheimer’s UK, has said that, whilst this takes us forward quite a long way, there’s actually no certain way to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. There are also many cases that are not related to the risk factors that they’ve identified.

    "What does the research tell us about people who decide to change their lives in these ways yet still get Alzheimer’s disease? What does it tell us about people who are living with dementia already? I don’t think that the research gives many points towards addressing their situation. So whilst I think that it’s good news, there is that little note of caution there as well.

    "What I would say is that there’s still a lot to discover about what causes dementia and how we prevent dementia, and I would never ever want to get into a situation where, indirectly, society starts blaming people for getting dementia, because it’s a much more complicated picture than that."

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    Chris Russell |

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  • Why we still have work to do in becoming a truly 'inclusive' society

    Will Norman has represented Great Britain in blind football at two Paralympic Games: Beijing in 2008 and London 2012. He was introduced to the game by two University of Worcester lecturers, Glyn Harding and Dave Mycock, after joining the University’s Widening Participation team. He now works as a Copywriter at the University, and he balances this role with training alongside his international team-mates.

    “25 years ago, I tried out for the football team at my primary school. Sporting a lovely pair of Dunlop ‘green flash’, I tentatively pushed open the classroom door where the young hopefuls had been asked to convene. The derisory guffaws that drowned me in a wave of shame and embarrassment that day came from the teacher, not the kids. It was often like this at school. I had as many problems with the staff as I did with my peers when it came to my disability, and this was nowhere more pronounced than during the weekly torment of PE.”

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    Will Norman |

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