Beyond revenge: the evolution of the forgiveness instinct, by Michael McCullough

  title={Beyond revenge: the evolution of the forgiveness instinct, by Michael McCullough},
  author={Michael J. Hogan},
  journal={The Journal of Positive Psychology},
  pages={100 - 97}
  • M. Hogan
  • Published 1 January 2010
  • Psychology
  • The Journal of Positive Psychology
For those familiar with Aristotle’s Golden Mean, the Buddhist Middle Way, or Bertalanffy’s principle of dynamic equilibrium, the emergence of a new synthesis of positive and negative psychology will be no surprise. A more balanced approach to scientific analysis of the ‘good’ and the ‘bad’ in human nature is now emerging, and few researchers approach this balanced approach to analysis better than does Michael McCullough in his book, Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct… 


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