|Forgiveness after Abuse|
Is forgiving an abusive spouse or romantic partner a good idea?
Why does forgiveness help? You choose to give up resentment (which likely is contributing to the depression and anxiety) and you choose to offer goodwill (deciding to act on positive values helps you become the kind of person you would like to be). Then you feel better and you become better. The benefits of forgiving work best when (Reed, 1998) you have social support for forgiveness (other people you know value forgiveness) and with the support of a worldview (Reed, 1998) where forgiveness is valued and there are examples of extraordinary forgiving (such as the forgiveness work of Jesus Christ).
Reed, G. (1998). Forgiveness as a function of moral agency in the context of divorce and infidelity. Master’s thesis, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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