Orientation to the psychology of self-forgiveness

Lydia Woodyatt, Everett L Worthington, Michael Wenzel, Brandon J Griffin

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    In this introductory chapter, we provide an overview of the history and context of self-forgiveness research within the field of Psychology. We discuss definitions of self-forgiveness, with emphasis on theoretical and empirical quandaries that have characterized the field. We examine contexts in which self-forgiveness has been examined as a natural process, and how the process depends on factors including age, gender, and religious/cultural identity. We summarize the promise of emerging interventions designed to promote self-forgiveness. Overall, this chapter will deepen and broaden the scope of your understanding prior to engaging with the innovative, challenging, and rigorous scholars whose contributions to this handbook follow in the remaining chapters.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of the Psychology of Self-Forgiveness
    Place of PublicationSwitzerland
    Number of pages14
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319605739
    ISBN (Print)9783319605722
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


    • Self-Forgiveness
    • clinical approaches
    • future directions


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