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Risk of Failing to Understand ERM Risks

Harvey L. Pitt | February 23, 2010

In the 1996 movie “Mother,” Albert Brooks plays John Henderson, a writer of questionable talent, who’s just been through his second divorce, due to his fundamental inability to relate to women. To probe his back-to-back marital failures, Brooks moves in with his mother, Beatrice, played by Debbie Reynolds, to examine his most important female relationship, and the source (he believes) of his problems. John and Beatrice’s relationship is unlike any mother-son relationship with which most of us are familiar, perhaps epitomized by Beatrice’s unthinking reference to John, when introducing him to friends, as her “other” son. At one point, Beatrice reassuringly offers John a rote platitude, saying, “I love you.” Not missing a beat, John caustically replies, “I know you think you do, Mother!”

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