Advertisement

Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 149–160 | Cite as

Exploring self-forgiveness

  • Lin Bauer
  • Jack Duffy
  • Elizabeth Fountain
  • Steen Halling
  • Maria Holzer
  • Elaine Jones
  • Michael Leifer
  • Jan O. Rowe
Article

Abstract

This article presents the results of a phenomenological study of the experience of self-forgiveness. On the basis of in-depth interviews with seven subjects, self-forgiveness is described not as an achievement but rather as a gift where one moves from estrangement and “brokenness” to a sense of at-homeness.

Keywords

Phenomenological Study 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. 1.
    Arendt, A.,The Human Condition. Chicago, University of Chicago Press, 1958.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Canale, J.R., “Altruism and Forgiveness as Therapeutic Agents in Psychotherapy,”J. Religion and Health, 1990,29, 297–301.Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Computer-based searches of psychological abstracts were carried out in 1977 and 1986 and reported in: Halling, S., “Eugene O'Neills Understanding of Forgiveness.” In Giorgi, A., Knowles, R., and Murray, E.L., eds.,Duquesne Studies in Phenomenological Psychology, Vol. III. Pittsburgh, Duquesne University Press, 1979, pp. 193–208; and Rowe, J.O.,et al., “The Psychology of Forgiving Another: A Dialogal Research Approach.” In Valle, R.S., and Halling, S., eds.,Existential-Phenomenological Perspectives in Psychology. New York, Plenum, 1989, pp. 233–244.Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Patton, J.,Is Human Forgiveness Possible? Abingdon Press, Nashville, Tenn., 1985, p. 176.Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Phillips, A., “Forgiveness Reconsidered,”Christian Jewish Relations, 1986,19, 1, 15.Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Bellah, R.N.,et al., Habits of the Heart. Harper and Row, New York, 1986.Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Wachtel, P. L.,The Poverty of Affluence: A Psychological Portrait of the American Way of Life. Philadelphia, New Society Publishers, 1989.Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Romanyshyn, R. D.,Technology as Symptom and Dream. New York, Routledge, 1989; Barfield, O.,History, Guilt, and Habit, Middletown, Conn., Wesleyan University Press, 1981.Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Menzies, H.,Fast Forward and Out of Control: How Technology Is Changing Your Life. Toronto, Macmillan of Canada, 1989.Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    op cit. See also, Hailing, S., and Leifer, M., “The Theory and Practice of Dialogal Phenomenology.”Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, 1991,22, 1, 1–15.Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Two papers were given on forgiving another: Halling, S., Davies, E., and van Bronkhorst, J., “Prolegomenon to a Phenomenological Study of Forgiveness,” and Rowe, J., Leifer, M., and Powers, D., “A Phenomenological Study of Forgiving Another,” both presented at the Fourth International Human Science Research Conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, May 1985. One paper discussed self-forgiveness: Rowe, J.,et al., “Self-Forgiveness: A Phenomenological Study of Experiencing Forgiveness,” paper presented at the Fifth International Human Science Research Conference, University of California, Berkeley, May 1986.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Institutes of Religion and Health 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lin Bauer
    • 2
  • Jack Duffy
    • 2
  • Elizabeth Fountain
    • 2
  • Steen Halling
    • 1
  • Maria Holzer
    • 2
  • Elaine Jones
    • 2
  • Michael Leifer
    • 2
  • Jan O. Rowe
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of psychology at Seattle UniversitySeattle
  2. 2.Alumni and alumnae of the Psychology Masters Program at Seattle UniversityUSA

Personalised recommendations