Forgiving the Self: Conceptual Issues and Empirical Findings

Authored by: June Price Tangney , Angela L. Boone , Ronda Dearing

Handbook of Forgiveness

Print publication date:  June  2005
Online publication date:  December  2007

Print ISBN: 9780415949491
eBook ISBN: 9780203955673
Adobe ISBN: 9781135410889


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Most theory and research on forgiveness focuses on people's capacity or willingness to forgive others. Forgiveness, however, is a complex process that involves both interpersonal and intrapersonal dimensions. Based on extensive clinical experience, Enright and the Human Development Study Group (1996) proposed a “forgiveness triad” to capture the multiple layers of forgiveness in human experience. In addition to the capacity to forgive others, Enright et al. (1996) also called attention to the importance of receiving forgiveness and forgiving the self.

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