Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A transpersonal exploration of Ginn Fourie's and Letlapa Mphahlele's journey of forgiveness
by Lipschitz, David, Ph.D., Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, 2010, 260; 3403057
Abstract (Summary)

The lives of Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele were thrown together in December 2003 when Ginn‘s daughter, Lyndi was killed in an attack on the Heidelberg Tavern, in Cape Town, South Africa. Ginn forgave the perpetrators of this attack when she met them at the criminal trial, as well as the amnesty hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). However she wanted to meet Letlapa, who had been identified as the man who orchestrated the attack, but had not applied for amnesty from the TRC. This meeting occurred a number of years later, when Ginn attended a book launch for Letlapa‘s autobiography at a ceremony in Cape Town. This encounter has led to the development of a profound relationship between the two, and resulted in the establishment of the Lyndi Fourie Foundation, which aims to build bridges between communities that were previously kept apart because of draconian Apartheid laws. In this exemplary case study, multiple sources of data were collected to generate a thick narrative of their story, and four transpersonal themes emerged from the data. These transpersonal themes contribute significantly to a deeper understanding of the forgiveness process. The implications of the study are discussed. Suggestions for future research are provided.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Anderson, Rosemarie
Commitee: Brady, Mark, Worthington, Everett
School: Institute of Transpersonal Psychology
Department: Global Psychology with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology
School Location: United States -- California
Source: DAI-B 71/05, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Developmental psychology
Keywords: Case study, Forgiveness, Postconventional development, South Africa, Transpersonal psychology
Publication Number: 3403057
ISBN: 978-1-109-76074-3
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