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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Psychoanalytic and Cultural Perspectives on Forgiveness

Janice Haaken

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/9780195145205.003.0010
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Psychoanalytic and Cultural Perspectives on Forgiveness

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This chapter provides a psychoanalytic, cultural perspective on forgiveness and reparation, examining the cultural scripts that make promoting forgiveness problematic for women. Reconciliation is an interpersonal process of negotiation with the aim of restoring a ruptured relationship. Forgiveness, on the other hand, indicates a private negotiation — a reconciliation of conflicting internal states. As a morally charged concept, forgiveness draws out discourses intersecting psychology, politics, philosophy, and religion. The literature on “intentional forgetting” and “forgiveness therapy” presumes that there is an objective reality about which all parties may agree and that the past need not shape current responses to conflict.

Keywords: forgiveness; reparation; women; reconciliation; intentional forgetting; forgiveness therapy

Chapter.  9624 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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