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Introduction: Reasons to Be Cautious about the Use of Forgiveness in Psychotherapy

Sharon Lamb

in Before Forgiving

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848607 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145205.003.0001
Introduction: Reasons to Be Cautious about the Use of Forgiveness in Psychotherapy

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The literature on forgiveness is prevalent with assumptions about negative emotions that remain unexplored and assumptions about the applicability of forgiveness goals to all kinds of people, to all groups, no matter how wounded or harmed. In addition, the alternative practices have rarely been explored beside forgiveness therapy, and other religious beliefs and cultural practices are either ignored or given a nod without serious attempt to incorporate them into a more universal view of forgiveness practice. In line with these, this chapter slightly expands on each. It is elusive when forgiveness psychotherapists display a dependence on happiness as an outcome of forgiveness. Forgiveness theorists frequently neglect the context in which forgiveness occurs.

Keywords: forgiveness; psychotherapy; forgiveness therapy; psychotherapists

Chapter.  5726 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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