Pastoral Psychology

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 40–50 | Cite as

Forgiveness: A dynamic, theological and therapeutic analysis

  • Jeffrey M. Brandsma


This essay attempts to explicate the concept of forgiveness first from a psychodynamic, phenomenological point of view to ascertain how it is achieved, and the pitfalls one encounters in working toward forgiveness. This understanding is then related to and expanded by Christian theology, and then fed into the context of the psychotherapeutic relationship.


Cross Cultural Psychology Christian Theology Phenomenological Point Psychotherapeutic Relationship 
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© Human Sciences Press 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey M. Brandsma
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesMedical College of GeorgiaAugustaGeorgia

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