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Before Forgiving: Cautionary Views of Forgiveness in Psychotherapy

Sharon Lamb and Jeffrie G. Murphy


This book argues that forgiveness has been accepted as a therapeutic strategy without serious, critical examination. It hopes to provide a closer, critical look at some of these questions: why is forgiveness so popular now? What exactly does it entail? When might it be appropriate for a therapist not to advise forgiveness? When is forgiveness in fact harmful? It includes many previously unpublished chapters by both philosophers and psychologists that examine what is at stake for those who are injured, those who injure them, and society in general when such a practice becomes commonplace. These ... More

Keywords: forgiveness, therapeutic strategy, injury, forgiveness therapy, psychotherapy, clinical psychology, moving on, emotional wounds

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195145205
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195145205.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sharon Lamb, editor
St. Michael's College

Jeffrie G. Murphy, editor
Arizona State University

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