The orgy of forgiveness

psychology today

From the political to the personal, Americans are caught in an orgy of forgiveness. Failure to pardon, we’re constantly admonished, will blight our lives. Now a psychotherapist counters that popular claim. You can refuse to absolve your lover, spouse, parent, sibling or friend, she declares, and still be emotionally healthy.

Flip to any television station these days and chances are we’ll be witness to some dramatic episode of forgiveness. We see a mother and daughter estranged for years kiss and make up, a long-feuding couple holding hands and renewing vows, scandal-plagued politicians asking for absolution and granting it to their accusers. Tears flow, hugs proliferate, and the inevitable psychological experts solemnly intone that traditional psychotherapy has neglected this essential element of cure and that studies show that forgiving alleviates depression and enhances self-esteem.

Read more: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199907/must-you-forgive

 

I do not believe in forgiveness anymore – it is obsolete…Lara

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