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Part: I An Aggressive Species > When Sweet Revenge Isn't So Sweet

Chapter 1. When Sweet Revenge Isn't So Sweet

Sometimes the notion of "sweet revenge" can seem so fitting. Someone has promised to meet your deadline at work but hasn't come through despite repeated assurances. A boss has unreasonably threatened penalties if you don't meet a deadline for completing a lengthy report for his presentation with new clients, and then doesn't give you credit when you do come through. A client tells you she's going to hire you to work on her next project after you put in long hours to do a really great job, but later she instead hires a friend.

You may be thinking that sweet revenge might be just the ticket to get back at those who wrong you, particularly if you believe no one will know what you did, say if you send an anonymous letter or phone in an anonymous tip to a regulatory agency or company higher-up. Or perhaps you believe you might benefit yourself while undermining your adversary by acting like a genuinely concerned person providing others with a helpful, altruistic warning about the person who did you wrong, to keep them from getting hurt..


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