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Title: Self-forgiveness as a process : is it always beneficial?
Authors: Amalina Abdul Razak
Chua, Zhao Long
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2015
Abstract: Research on self-forgiveness has burgeoned over recent years; however, to date there is still no agreement on what self-forgiveness is and what it necessarily involves. This paper will propose a process model of self-forgiveness, delineating the components of it based on a synthesis of two prominent self-forgiveness models. It was found that self-forgiveness is a process of restoration from negative emotions associated with a transgression; this requires the transgressor to accept responsibility, make a commitment to change and accept oneself despite the transgression. This theoretical model was then examined based on existing empirical findings to establish its validity. Subsequently, the literature on self-forgiveness was examined to determine if self-forgiveness is always beneficial. Conflicting findings were found and the proposed framework was used in an attempt to address the inconsistent findings. Self-forgiveness was found to be not always beneficial, and its effects were dependent on several factors such as the type of behaviour, measures used and when it is rendered. Future directions were then discussed.
Schools: School of Humanities and Social Sciences 
Rights: Nanyang Technological University
Fulltext Permission: restricted
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
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