Forgiveness: The Stepchild Of Forgiveness By Julie D. Hall And Frank D. Fincham

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The research article titled, “Self-forgiveness: The Stepchild of Forgiveness Research,” written by Julie D. Hall and Frank D. Fincham is an article about what self-forgiveness is and how it has been conceptualized as a show of goodwill toward the self while one clears the mind of the self-hatred and self-contempt that results from hurting. Self-forgiveness, as defined by Hall and Finchum is a willingness to abandon self-resentment in the face of its own acknowledge objective wrong, while fostering compassion, generosity, and love toward oneself (Hall & Finchum, 2005).
The research identifies and demonstrates various positions, situations, and classifications of self-forgiveness and the emotional and cognitive elements as well as precautionary
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This process is incorporative of an individual accepting responsibility for their actions and making way for peace with the behavior and its consequences. There is further comparison of self-forgiveness and interpersonal forgiveness and their parallels. Hall and Fincham, state that self-forgiveness requires a commitment to change and behave differently while interpersonal forgiveness focuses on the harm to the victim that resulted from the …show more content…
The biggest thought provoking point of emphasis had to do with moving toward self-forgiveness. This is the realization of wrongdoing and then after accepting responsibility we feel the feelings (guilt, regret, shame, etc.) before we can move forward to a place of forgiveness and clarity. I have often known that in order to move forward to a solution you have to first look at your part in every situation. It is not until you see your part that you can seek or even comprise a remedy. My head is a jumble of thoughts the article proved and to write them all down would take longer than this assignment will allow. This article also alarmed me that there is not more research on this topic as I think the number of people suffering or looking for self-forgiveness cannot be fully represented by factual numbers. I am left trying to compromise the question in my head of why this is so and no answers or compromise comes to mind. The bible is the supreme authority of literature that I will examine for further study in self-forgiveness as I believe wholeheartedly that “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9,

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