Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Essential to Sustaining Human Development

  • Sharon Davis Massey
Part of the Peace Psychology Book Series book series (PPBS)


This chapter highlights the inextricably interwoven benefits to personal, interpersonal, communal, and societal development of reconciliation and forgiveness, two interrelated processes which help to restore trust, reinstate integrity, and foster security within the individual, dyad, family, community, and larger interpersonal and social systems. Together they help to make continuing interaction with others a safe-enough affair so that a couple or family can support the development of individual members and so that a community or larger group can function adequately to nurture the persons, families, and ethnic and other identity groups that compose it.


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  • Sharon Davis Massey
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  1. 1.Seton Hall UniversitySouth OrangeUSA

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