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Forgiveness and Subjective Well-Being: Discussing Mechanisms, Contexts, and Rationales


Hill, Patrick L; Heffernan, Marie E; Allemand, Mathias (2015). Forgiveness and Subjective Well-Being: Discussing Mechanisms, Contexts, and Rationales. In: Toussaint, Loren; Worthington, Everett; Williams, David R. Forgiveness and Health. New York: Springer, 155-169.

Abstract

Forgiveness often is discussed as a release of negative emotions or intentions for revenge against a transgressor. Given this focus, some may forget the profound benefits that forgiveness may hold for personal well-being. The current chapter reviews the literature on forgiveness and subjective well-being, in order to help motivate a new model that advances our understanding of why forgiveness can prove beneficial to the self. Our model focuses on how forgiveness helps to scaffold one’s social systems and self-concept, which then may portend greater subjective well-being. Given the relative paucity of extant work, compared to the literature on how forgiveness attenuates the “bad,” we discuss a number of future directions for the field emanating from our proposed model.

Abstract

Forgiveness often is discussed as a release of negative emotions or intentions for revenge against a transgressor. Given this focus, some may forget the profound benefits that forgiveness may hold for personal well-being. The current chapter reviews the literature on forgiveness and subjective well-being, in order to help motivate a new model that advances our understanding of why forgiveness can prove beneficial to the self. Our model focuses on how forgiveness helps to scaffold one’s social systems and self-concept, which then may portend greater subjective well-being. Given the relative paucity of extant work, compared to the literature on how forgiveness attenuates the “bad,” we discuss a number of future directions for the field emanating from our proposed model.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
08 University Research Priority Programs > Dynamics of Healthy Aging
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2015
Deposited On:07 Mar 2017 09:01
Last Modified:14 Feb 2018 11:32
Publisher:Springer
ISBN:978-94-017-9992-8
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-017-9993-5_11

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