Faculty Publications

Title

The psychology of interpersonal forgiveness and guidelines for forgiveness therapy: What therapists need to know to help their clients forgive

Document Type

Article

Keywords

Forgiveness, Forgiveness therapy, Misconceptions, Spiritual healing and therapy, Therapists

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Spirituality in Clinical Practice

Volume

3

Issue

1

First Page

45

Last Page

58

Abstract

In recent years, forgiveness research, education, and therapy have received a great deal of theoretical and empirical attention. Past research illustrates the potential benefits of and interest in forgiveness therapy (Enright & Fitzgibbons, 2000; Legaree, Turner, & Lollis, 2007). Misunderstandings and misconceptions about what it means to forgive are linked to criticism aimed at the use of forgiveness therapy and education. The 3-fold purpose of the current study is to explain the value of forgiveness as a therapeutic approach, address misconceptions of forgiveness and forgiveness therapy, and describe a model of forgiveness that has been used effectively with a variety of populations.

Original Publication Date

3-1-2016

DOI of published version

10.1037/scp0000087

Repository

UNI ScholarWorks, Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language

en

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