The Unburdening Effects of Forgiveness

  title={The Unburdening Effects of Forgiveness},
  author={Xue Zheng and Ryan Fehr and Kenneth Tai and Jayanth Narayanan and Michele J. Gelfand},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={431 - 438}
Research shows that in the aftermath of conflict, forgiveness improves victims’ well-being and the victim–offender relationship. Building on the research on embodied perception and economy of action, we demonstrate that forgiveness also has implications for victims’ perceptions and behavior in the physical domain. Metaphorically, unforgiveness is a burden that can be lightened by forgiveness; we show that people induced to feel forgiveness perceive hills to be less steep (Study 1) and jump… 

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