Pridmore, S and Walker, E, Excuses, Australasian Psychiatry, 19, (2) pp. 110-112. ISSN 1039-8562 (2011) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]
Copyright 2011 The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10398562.2011.562297
Aim: This paper aims to examine the nature of excuses.
Conclusion: The making of excuses is sometimes roundly condemned.
However, an excuse is a reason offered in application for exemption from a
task or for blameless status when an action has been taken (or not taken).
Acceptance (or otherwise) depends on an assessment by society of the facts and
a decision (by society) as to whether a sufficient quantity of energy has been
exerted by the applicant. Psychoanalysis, meditation and the ageing process
may assist the individual by reducing the number of excuses submitted, and
increasing the rate of excuse acceptance (by society).
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