Self Forgiveness

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| Shelia B. Hall | | Liberty University | 1/18/2015 | | Summary Since 1985 there has been a tremendous increase in research regarding intrapersonal forgiveness, but very little regarding self-forgiveness. The purpose of this article was to bring attention to the topic of self-forgiveness within this growing body of research. The definitions of self-forgiveness from many disciplines were reviewed along with what features of self-forgiveness differ from those of intrapersonal forgiveness emphasizing the need for an increase in empirical research on the subject matter. There are many unanswered questions regarding self-forgiveness. It is questioned if the true self-forgiveness yields the same result as pseudo…show more content…
The simple act of defining self-forgiveness in a way that is applicable across disciplines provides counselor and researchers a better starting point when approaching the topic of self-forgiveness. One concept I found very interesting was the distinction between true self-forgiveness and pseudo self-forgiveness. It is intuitive for me to believe that it is not possible for pseudo-self forgiveness to have the same effect as true self-forgiveness, but with out research on the matter how can one be sure. When I read that the test for self-forgiveness cannot differentiate between the two, it made me wonder if it is difficult for a person or a counselor to know the difference. It also made me wonder if it is possible that simply believing that things are better can actually make someone feel better. I also found the question regarding the appropriateness of self-forgiveness to be interesting. When a person believes something is their fault that is not, what approach should a counselor take? Is it more appropriate to spend the time and effort on developing the skills to know what happened was not the client’s fault, or is it more appropriate to provide the skills that will allow the person to forgive his or herself for what they believed they caused to happen? While this would have to be considered on a case-by-case basis, as a counselor it would be helpful to have more research on the topic that results in guidance on how to approach these types of
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