Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 297–301 | Cite as

Altruism and forgiveness as therapeutic agents in psychotherapy

  • Joseph R. Canale
Article

Abstract

This article suggests that a more altruistic or other-directed perspective is as therapeutic for clients as a self-centered orientation which is more often promoted by psychotherapists. It also proposes that forgiveness may be an important therapeutic factor in helping clients deal with anger and resentment. Religious and spiritual teachings (especially those of Christianity), which have been greatly ignored by mental health professionals, are viewed as potentially valuable resources.

Keywords

Mental Health Health Professional Therapeutic Agent Mental Health Professional Valuable Resource 

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© Institutes of Religion and Health 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Joseph R. Canale
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  1. 1.Marist College in PoughkeepsieNew York

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