Sue DeWine Distinguished Book of the Year
Communicating Forgiveness is the first book to take a truly communicative look at the process of forgiveness. Authors Vincent R. Waldron and Douglas L. Kelley provide a synthesis of the literature on forgiveness in relationships. Grounded in real-life forgiveness narratives, this interdisciplinary text (pulling from such related fields as psychology, counseling, family studies, peace studies, conflict management, religious studies, and organizational behavior) offers a hopeful framework for negotiating healthy and just responses to relational disappointments.
Conceptualizes forgiveness as communication: Offering an alternative to predominant psychological approaches, this is the first book to focus on specific communication behaviors associated with forgiveness.; Provides an emotional connection: Real- life narratives from long-term couples, friends, family members, and coworkers make the text readable and relevant to today's relationships.; Includes a chapter on the practice of forgiveness: Practical advice and specific guidelines resonate well with readers as they apply to genuine friendships, romances, families, and workplaces.; Offers path-breaking theory development: The book organizes existing forgiveness research around a descriptive communication framework, demonstrating how existing psychological research can be enriched through the application of communication theories.; Presents a highly personal closing chapter: In the final chapter the authors provide a personal account of their experiences as researchers through “On the Drive Home” vignettes that convey key lessons learned.
This is an excellent supplemental text for a variety of advanced undergraduate and graduate courses such as Conflict Management, Interpersonal Communication, Family Communication, Communication in Personal Relationships, Psychology of Personal Relationships, Counseling, and Peace Studies in the departments of Communication, Psychology, Family Studies, and Counseling.
- Chapter 1: Conceptual Foundations
- Why Is Forgiveness Important?
- Theological Foundations
- Social Science Approaches
- Chapter 2: Elements of the Forgiveness Process
- Sensitizing Concepts: Communication as an Observational Lens
- Transgressions and Traumatic Relational Events
- Relational Context
- Individual Factors
- Communication Processes
- Relationship Outcomes
- Chapter 3: Theorizing Forgiveness
- Dialectical Theory
- Uncertainty Management Frameworks
- Identity Management Theories
- Toward a Negotiated Morality Theory (NMT) of Forgiveness
- Chapter 4: Communicating Forgiveness
- The Forgiveness Episode: Six Communication Processes
- Revealing and Detecting Transgressions
- Managing Emotions
- Making Sense
- Seeking Forgiveness
- Granting Forgiveness
- Relationship Negotiation and Transition
- Concluding Thoughts
- Chapter 5: Practicing Forgiveness
- Five Reasons to Forgive
- The Dark Side of Forgiveness
- Prescriptive Models of Forgiveness
- Communication Tasks of Forgiveness (CTF): A New Prescriptive Model
- Reconciliation: A Possible Outcome of Forgiveness
- Contributions from Long-Term Couples
- Concluding Thoughts
- Chapter 6: Studying Forgiveness: Methodological Conundrums and Transformational Experiences
- Why Do We Study Forgiveness?
- Conceptual Definition: What Is Forgiveness Anyway?
- Picking Our Paradigm: Which Questions Matter Most?
- How Do You Measure Forgiveness?