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Gurdon: A parent's words can wound even a grown-up child

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The other day a friend of mine was on the phone with her father and received a sharp reminder of the power of parental words. "So, Dad, I'm thinking of looking for a new job," she said as they were chatting. "I've been doing the part-time thing for a while now, and I'm ready to step it up." "I don't know, honey," he said after a pause. "Do you think there's anything out there for you?" His...

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