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Getting Even: Forgiveness and Its Limits

Jeffrie G. Murphy

Abstract

We have all been victims of wrongdoing. Forgiving that wrongdoing is one of the staples of current pop psychology dogma; it is seen as a universal prescription for moral and mental health in the self-help and recovery section of bookstores. At the same time, personal vindictiveness as a rule is seen as irrational and immoral. In many ways, our thinking on these issues is deeply inconsistent; we value forgiveness yet at the same time now use victim-impact statements to argue for harsher penalties for criminals. Do we have a right to hate others for what they have done to us? This book has a ske ... More

Keywords: wrongdoing, forgiveness, mental health, vindictiveness, anger, resentment, revenge, ethical issues, self-respect, self-defense

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195178555
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195178555.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeffrie G. Murphy, author
Arizona State University