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   2011, Vol. 19 Issue (4) : 556-564     DOI:
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Several Misunderstandings of Forgiveness Intervention and the Prospect of Its Application
ZHANG Tian;SUN Hui;FU An-Qiu
Department of Psychology, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China
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Abstract  Forgiveness is defined as the transformation toward prosocial motivation for a victim. It helps to reduce anger and increase the positive emotion. The focus of forgiveness intervention is on helping the victim of an unjust act to put aside negative behaviors such as revenge and evasion, and to pick up positive ones to deal with the trauma. However, there are some misunderstandings persisting in clinical application of forgiveness intervention, three major ones are: (1) forgiveness of the perpetrator equals to reconciliation; (2) forgiveness intervention leads to moralization and religionlization; (3) forgiveness is the tool rather than the goal of counseling and psychotherapy. In addition to clarification of the misunderstandings in forgiveness intervention, in light of the implication, prospective applications in theory and practice will be discussed.
Keywords forgiveness      forgiveness intervention      misunderstandings     
Corresponding Authors: FU An-Qiu   
Issue Date: 15 April 2011
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ZHANG Tian,SUN Hui,FU An-Qiu. Several Misunderstandings of Forgiveness Intervention and the Prospect of Its Application[J]. , 2011, 19(4): 556-564.
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