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Betrayal, Rejection, Revenge, and Forgiveness:An Interpersonal Script Approach

Julie Fitness

in Interpersonal Rejection

Published in print September 2006 | ISBN: 9780195130157
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199847761 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130157.003.0004
Betrayal, Rejection, Revenge, and Forgiveness:An Interpersonal Script Approach

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While it is true that betrayal leads to the loss of reliance on an individual, this chapter asserts that distress from the breach of trust comes from a sense of being neither regarded nor accepted. The author utilizes the interpersonal script method in understanding the latest researches in the field. Psychologically speaking, betrayal seems to be a complex form of interpersonal relationship conflict. Various sorts of emotions can be felt upon experiencing this circumstance, including anger, fear, doubt, and repulsion. Mechanisms to counteract these potentially destructive feelings involve taking revenge or letting go of the mistakes. Although reconciliation is suggested, it depends on the hurt party to forgive and accept or to repress and retaliate. Likewise, the offender has the choice to apologize and maintain the bond, to create alibis and enjoy the relief from the guilt, or even to leave with no confrontation and destroy the ties with silence.

Keywords: betrayal; distress; forgiveness; interpersonal script; emotions; psychological damage

Chapter.  14307 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology

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