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M. Hojjat and Duncan Cramer

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199791064

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199791064.001.0001

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Forgiveness and Positive Psychology

Forgiveness and Positive Psychology

(p.121) 9 Forgiveness and Positive Psychology
Positive Psychology of Love

Mahzad Hojjat

Brian J. Ayotte

Oxford University Press

Positive psychology explores human strengths that help us live more satisfying and fulfilled lives (Seligman, & Csikszentmihalyi, 2000). Forgiveness is one such strength. In the face of a transgression in which we are deeply hurt or betrayed by a close other, it is easy to feel hatred and desire revenge. It is much harder, however, to feel benevolence toward the transgressor and to truly forgive. The present chapter presents an overview of research findings on forgiveness in the context of positive psychology. Latest research on the dispositional and situational correlates of forgiveness (e.g., gender, personality, and apology) is presented. Moreover, the link between health and forgiveness is also explored. Finally, future directions for research on forgiveness are highlighted.

Keywords:   forgiveness, health, positive psychology, human strength, benevolence, gender, personality, apology

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