Forgiveness and relational repair

Caryl E. Rusbult, Peggy A. Hannon, Shevaun L. Stocker, Eli J. Finkel

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Many social scientists conceptualize forgiveness as an intrapersonal phenom-enon, adopting victim-focused explanations of its causes and consequences. For example, some empirical work has examined the precise cognitive and affective processes by which victims come to forgive those who have perpetrated acts of violence against them; other work has examined the circumstances under which it is beneficial for a victim to forgive such offenses (for a review, see McCullough, 2001). This is well and good-a victim-focused approach may be entirely suitable in settings wherein victim and perpetrator have neither a past nor a future with one another, because in temporally bounded, fundamentally ahistoric settings, the forgiveness process essentially rests on the victim’s capacity to “heal the self” and move on.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Forgiveness
EditorsEverett L Worthington, Jr.
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9781135410889
ISBN (Print)9780415949491
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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