Forgiveness and Effective Agency

Norman S. Care

in Before Forgiving

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780195145205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199848607 | DOI:
Forgiveness and Effective Agency

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This chapter explores a forward-looking dimension of forgiveness and self-forgiveness, the possibility of “release” for the wrongdoer, a release that would mean a renewal of energy for projects and responsible conduct associated with effective human agency. It addresses the practice of forgiveness to be a possibility in the event of awareness of serious mistakes as well as recognized wrongdoing. In addition, it tries to point the make-up of the practice of forgiveness. In general, the exploration of the problem of the restoration of effective agency yields a result that is gloomy in part. It is also suggested that psychotherapists should observe that self-forgiveness may continue to be unachievable even when other-forgiveness is given to a perpetrator.

Keywords: forgiveness; human agency; wrongdoing; psychotherapists; self-forgiveness

Chapter.  8725 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Psychology

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