Forgiveness: Social Significance, Health Impact and Psychological Effects


Eugene L. Olsen (Editor)

Series: Health Psychology Research Focus
BISAC: PSY013000

Many people view forgiveness is a pivotal process in avoiding unnecessary conflict and our ability to maintain valued relationships. The chapters in this book explore a range of cognitive and social factors that are purported to contribute to forgiveness and which ultimately influence one’s memory for the offending incidents; the relationship between forgiveness and psychological and physical health; forgiveness in parent-child relationships; forgiveness between people who act as parents and carry out their parental role and forgiveness between couples and in intimate relationships; the act of forgiveness and reconciliation in war survivors; research on people’s disposition to forgive the self when they have done harm to another person (intrapersonal or self-forgiveness) as well as the victim’s response to the wrongdoing, and the relationship between the offender and the victim in the self-forgiveness process.

In the final chapter, the psychological process of forgiveness is questioned, and forgiveness as both a psychological capability and normalitive ideal is examined. The author argues that any sense of forgiveness as a moral relationship (and achievement) between two people is lost in a world in which ideally, the psychology and morality of forgiveness reinforce each other at times, and conversely, are at times in conflict.
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Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1
Forgiveness and Health: Forgiveness is Good for both Mind and Body
(Judith L. Johnson, Jay Wiles, Cassandra Page, Regent University, VA, USA)

Chapter 2
The Psychology of Forgiveness and Intentional Forgetting
(Saima Noreen, Goldsmiths, University of London, UK and Malcolm D. MacLeod, University of Stirling, Scotland)

Chapter 3
Forgiveness in Family and Partner Relationships
(María-Elena Gismero, Maria-Pilar Martínez, María-José Carrasco and María Prieto-Ursúa, Department of Psychology, Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid, Spain)

Chapter 4
Effects of Forgiveness for a Partner on Psychological Dysfunction in Dating Relationship among Freethinkers: A Longitudinal Study
(Tsukasa Kato, Department of Social Psychology, Toyo University, Japan)

Chapter 5
From Transgressions to Forgiveness: Clinically Relevant Research
(Lauren N. DeCaporale-Ryan, Ann M. Steffen, and Samuel Marwit, University of Rochester Medical Center, Depts. of Psychiatry, Medicine, Surgery, Box Psych, Rochester, NY, USA, and others)

Chapter 6
Victimhood, Forgiveness and Reconciliation: in Stories of Bosnian War Survivors
(Goran Basic, Department of Sociology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden)

Chapter 7
Self-Forgivingness: Factor Structure and Relationships with Personality, Culture, Physical Symptoms, Violent Behavior, and Sexual Abuse during Childhood
(Etienne Mullet, Mélanie Gauché, Félix Neto, Maria Cristina Menezes Fonseca, and Maria Teresa Munoz Sastre, Institute of Advanced Studies (EPHE), Paris, France, and others)

Chapter 8
Expanding Research on Self-Forgiveness Predictors Toward a Dyadic Perspective: The Role of Interpersonal Forgiveness by the Victim
(Sara Pelucchi, F. Giorgia Paleari, Camillo Regalia, Johan Karremans, Catholic University of Milan, Italy, and others)

Chapter 9
Forgiveness is Not Always a Virtue
(C. Fred Alford, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA)


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