Self-forgiveness in Psychology and Psychotherapy: A Critique

  title={Self-forgiveness in Psychology and Psychotherapy: A Critique},
  author={Paul C. Vitz and Jennifer M. Meade},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
This critique proposes that self-forgiveness is a misleading and inaccurate concept for understanding the conditions to which it is applied. Besides the fact that traditional religion provides no rationale for self-forgiveness, four specific criticisms are presented. (1) Self-forgiveness causes splitting of the self—creating various problems. (2) It involves a conflict of interest between the self that judges and the self that is judged. (3) Through its extreme emphasis on the self, it promotes… CONTINUE READING

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