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An Analysis of a Sample of the General Population's Understanding of Forgiveness: Implications for Mental Health Counselors

Suzanne Freedman, Wen-Chuan Chang

Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 2010

Research details

Type of paper: Primary Empirical Study

Sample size: 49

Open Access: No


Forgiveness can be a long and treacherous process, but it can eventually lead to a better understanding of ourselves, as well as a deeper understanding of the person who hurt us. These interviews have shown the impact of forgiveness in real life. They have reinforced the importance of including forgiveness, or at least parts of the forgiveness process, into our recovery from a deep hurt. By recognizing the opportunity to forgive, [we] may already have a greater understanding of [our] pain and may have the potential to offer forgiveness in a seemingly unhopeful situation.