Vengefully ever after?

Eli J. Finkel*

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Frequently, romantic relationships are effortless and pleasurable. Affection is deep, passion is strong, and laughter is pervasive. Unfortunately, most of us wilt on occasion be victims of partner transgressions within our long-term romantic relationships, and the survival and health of these relationships frequently depend upon our ability to forgive such transgressions. What factors predict whether or not a person will find their way to forgiveness? The scientific study of forgiveness has flourished in the past decade, offering several compelling answers to this question. This article reviews recent research establishing three factors that predict forgiveness tendencies: relationship commitment, narcissistic entitlement, and beliefs in romantic destiny.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)104-107
Number of pages4
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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