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Women's Reflections on the Complexities of Forgiveness

ISBN 9781138872837
Published April 23, 2015 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

This book by women represents a diversity of opinions about every aspect of forgiveness, embodying a tolerance for differing perspectives. The contributors are researchers and therapists who have dedicated themselves to grappling with the controversies and conundrums associated with forgiveness. On the basis of their clinical and empirical work in the field, the authors have questioned established definitions, opposed emerging “truisms” within the field, and used research methods that run counter to traditional practices. The result is a compelling collection of research and clinical wisdom that pushes us to consider new perspectives on the mysterious process of forgiveness.

Table of Contents

Malcolm, Belicki, DeCourville, Introduction: Women's Reflections on the Complexities of Forgiveness. DeCourville, Belicki, Green, Subjective Experiences of Forgiveness in a Community Sample: Implications for Understanding Forgiveness and its Consequences. DeShea, Measuring Forgiveness. Macaskill, Just World Beliefs and Forgiveness in Men and Women. Baker, Self-forgiveness: An Empowering and Therapeutic Tool for Working with Women in Recovery. Lawler-Row, Reed, Forgiveness and Health in Women. Freedman, Forgiveness Education with At-risk Adolescents: A Case Study Analysis. Chagigiorgis, Paivio, Forgiveness as an Outcome in Emotion Focused Trauma Therapy. Ysseldyk, Matheson, Forgiveness and Coping. Belicki, Rourke, McCarthy, Potential Dangers of Empathy and Related Conundrums. Peddle, Reflections of a Study on Forgiveness in Recovery/Resilience from the Trauma of War. Rafman, Restoration of a Moral Universe: Children's Perspectives on Forgiveness and Justice. Exline, Zell, Does a Humble Attitude Promote Forgiveness? Challenges, Caveats, and Sex Differences. Holeman, Repentance in Intimate Relationships. Malcolm, The Timeliness of Forgiveness Interventions.

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Wanda Malcolm, Ph.D., is a registered clinical psychologist. She is currently a member of the Psychotherapy Research Group at York University and an adjunct member at Brock University, where she conducts research with the Brock Forgiveness Research Group.

Nancy DeCourville, Ph.D., is a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Brock University, a co-founder of the Brock Forgiveness Research Group, and a statistical/methodological consultant.

Kathryn Belicki, Ph.D., is a registered psychologist, a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Brock University, and co-founder of the Brock Forgiveness Research Group.


"Thankfully, there are wonderful glimpses throughout the work in which we feel drawn into the lives, struggles, pain, failures, and successes of real people, real problems, and real pain. We engage with them as they engage in deep soul-searching and grow in understanding that "what we hold on to, holds us." These glimpses draw us into wanting to enter their worlds and know these women better. Hopefully, we want to look more deeply into our own hearts and our own worlds of unforgiveness and forgiveness."

 - Patricia M. Berliner, PsycCRITIQUES, Vol. 53, Release 41, Article 6