The Varieties of Forgiveness Experience: Working toward a Comprehensive Definition of Forgiveness

  title={The Varieties of Forgiveness Experience: Working toward a Comprehensive Definition of Forgiveness},
  author={Kathleen A. Lawler-Row and Cynthia A. Scott and Rachel Lynn Raines and Meirav Edlis-Matityahou and Erin Moore},
  journal={Journal of Religion and Health},
The definition of forgiveness was explored in a group of 270 young adults, and the underlying dimensions of their definitions compared with those of philosophers, theologians and psychological researchers. Three dimensions were identified: orientation (self, other), direction (passive letting go of negative experiences, active enhancement of positive experiences) and form (emotion, cognition and behavior). Definitions employing a passive letting go of negative experiences were associated with… 
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