Forgiveness is said to entail a shift in interpersonal motivation, affect, and focus. However, there is little empirical work exploring this process. The current study investigated the role of cognitive dissonance, relationship goals, and safety goals in forgiveness. Participants recalled an interpersonal offense by either a close or distant other and were then assigned to increased forgiveness, decreased forgiveness, or control groups. Goal activation, affect, forgiveness, closure, and closeness to the offender were measured. No evidence was found for the contribution of either goal activation or dissonance in forgiving. As in previous research, measures of forgiveness, psychological closure, and interpersonal closeness were correlated across the sample. The possible role of relationship-protective mechanisms that prevent unforgiveness from occurring is explored. Future research should focus on resilience in the face of interpersonal offenses.
|School:||University of Arkansas|
|School Location:||United States -- Arkansas|
|Source:||MAI 45/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social psychology, Psychology, Experiments|
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