ISSN 1671-3710
CN 11-4766/R

›› 2012, Vol. 20 ›› Issue (2): 265-273.

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Forgiveness in Collectivism Culture and Its Enlightenment to Forgiveness Intervention

ZHANG Tian;SUN Hui;FU An-Qiu   

  1. (Department of Psychology, Shanghai Normal University, Shanghai 200234, China)
  • Received:2010-07-18 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2012-02-15 Published:2012-02-15
  • Contact: ZHANG Tian

Abstract: Existing research on forgiveness and forgiveness intervention was based on western culture, and few had included samples in collectivist settings. Under collectivist settings, the way people react to the offense; their forgiveness strategy and the personality factors are different compared with those under individualist settings. Apart from that, models for cross-cultural forgiveness have described forgiveness in collectivist cultures from various aspects. The model of decisional forgiveness and emotional forgiveness distinguishes the manifestation of forgiveness in individual and collectivism cultures; the model based on self and personality addresses the personality factors under distinct backgrounds; the dynamic process model investigates the cultural factors in forgiveness. The review is useful for the application of forgiveness intervention in collectivist culture.

Key words: collectivism, forgiveness, forgiveness model in collectivist culture, psychotherapy