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South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Process as Applied Positive Psychology in Nation Building

  • Marié P. WissingEmail author
  • Q. Michael Temane
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Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 6)

Abstract

The deep and sometimes heartbreaking narratives related to the historical process of the South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Committee, as part of the transition course to democracy, are majestically described by Marié P. Wissing and Q. Michael Temane in this chapter. The insights regarding processes to build a more just and positive society are thought provoking and extremely well supported in a profound knowledge of the positive psychology field. Concepts as diverse and relevant as leadership, justice, social awareness, meaning-making, peace-building, harmony, compassion, spirituality, hope, optimism, forgiveness, gratitude, mindfulness or post-traumatic growth are amongst the ones discussed and intertwined with a historical perspective and an African soul, recounted while we ‘hear’ a compelling chorus of voices from the narratives of the ones that lived the experience.

Keywords

Positive Psychology Restorative Justice Character Strength Public Hearing Nation Building 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School for Psychosocial Behavioural SciencesNorth-West UniversityPotchefstroomSouth Africa

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