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The Psychology of Friendship$
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Mahzad Hojjat and Anne Moyer

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190222024

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190222024.001.0001

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Transgression, Forgiveness, and Revenge in Friendship

Transgression, Forgiveness, and Revenge in Friendship

(p.195) 12 Transgression, Forgiveness, and Revenge in Friendship
The Psychology of Friendship

Mahzad Hojjat

Susan D. Boon

Elizabeth B. Lozano

Oxford University Press

Research suggests that friends are among the most common perpetrators of harm, rivaling romantic partners and family members in the frequency with which they wrong, hurt, or offend. Yet, few studies have examined how individuals respond to transgressions that occur in the context of their friendships. The chapter discusses special features of friendships that may distinguish hurt or injury in relationships between friends from such experiences in other important personal relationships. Although friendships are usually nonsexual, they can be deeply intimate and therefore subjected to specific and often strict “rules” of conduct. The chapter discusses the characteristics of the victim, the friendship, and the transgressions that are likely to promote or prohibit forgiveness/revenge. It also pays special attention to the role of gender as it reviews the literature on forgiveness/revenge in both same-sex and cross-sex friendships. It ends by suggesting future avenues for further investigation on this topic.

Keywords:   friendship, forgiveness, revenge, transgression, betrayal, gender

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