Turning from Hatred to Community Friendship

Robert D. Enright, Jeanette Knutson Enright and Anthony C. Holter

in Strategies of Peace

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9780195395914
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199776801 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Strategic Peacebuilding

Turning from Hatred to Community Friendship

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Forgiveness education should have a role in long-term strategies for peacebuilding. The authors argue that forgiveness has the power to break cycles of sectarian violence and makes possible what Aristotle termed “civic friendship.” In Belfast, Northern Ireland, the psychological effects of anger among children are high enough to warrant clinical intervention. The authors find that forgiveness education corresponds to decreases in anger, depression, and anxiety in children. They offer examples of effective forgiveness education curricula for teachers.

Keywords: forgiveness education; forgiveness; anger; trauma healing; Northern Ireland; strategic peacebuilding; sectarian violence; Aristotle; children and war

Chapter.  12353 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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