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Awards:

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.

Key Features

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.

Intended Audience

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.

Studying Forgiveness: Methodological Conundrums and Transformational Experiences
Studying forgiveness: Methodological conundrums and transformational experiences

This chapter differs from the earlier ones in that it reports, in a personal way, our decisions and experiences as forgiveness researchers. The chapter is intended for students of research and those who want to look behind the standard “Methods” section to understand the subjective experiences and methodological tradeoffs that make research a fascinating and sometimes transformational human activity. Forgiveness research offers the perfect excuse for writing this somewhat unconventional chapter. It is a complicated social process; difficult to measure in any conventional sense; ripe with personal relevance; energized by its cultural, political, and religious significance; and subject to differences in disciplinary perspective.

Between us, we have accumulated some 30 years of social ...

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