Cautionary Views of Forgiveness in Psychotherapy
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Before Forgiving by Sharon Lamb
Book DescriptionFor psychologists and psychotherapists, the notion of forgiveness has been enjoying a substantial vogue. For their patients, it holds the promise of "moving on" and healing emotional wounds. The forgiveness of others - and of one's self - would seem to offer the kind of peace that psychotherapy alone has never been able to provide. In this volume, psychologist Sharon Lamb and philosopher Jeffrie Murphy argue that forgiveness has been accepted as a therapeutic strategy without serious, critical examination. They intend this volume to be a closer, critical look at some of these questions: why is forgiveness so popular now? What exactly does it entail? When might it be appropriate for a therapist not to advise forgiveness? When is forgiveness in fact harmful? Lamb and Murphy have collected many previously-unpublished chapters by both philosophers and psychologists that examine what is at stake for those who are injured, those who injure them, and society in general when such a practice becomes commonplace. Some chapters offer cautionary tales about forgiveness therapy, while others paint complex portraits of the social, cultural, and philosophical factors that come into play with forgiveness. The value of this volume lies not only in its presentation of a nuanced view of this therapeutic trend, but also as a general critique of psychotherapy, and as a valuable testimony of the theoretical and practical possibilities in an interdisciplinary collaboration between philosophy and clinical psychology.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195145205
(240mm x 164mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 1-May-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Sharon Lamb
Sex, Therapy and Kids, Hardback (October 2006)
A responsible, realistic, and sex-positive approach to sexuality in youth.
New Versions of Victims, Paperback (June 1999)
A feminist critical analysis of popular debates about "victimization". The contributors argue for an examination of the "victim" as a socially constructed term, and an exploration of why victims are seen the way they are.
Trouble with Blame, Paperback (May 1999)View all books by Sharon Lamb
This work looks at the disturbing topic of victimization and blame as a pathology for our time, and its consequences for personal responsibility. It probes the psychological dynamics of victims and perpetrators of rape, sexual abuse and domestic violence to answer questions of blame and excuse.
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Author Biography - Sharon Lamb
Sharon Lamb is a clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Psychology at St. Michael's College. She has been interested in moral issues as well as abuse and victimization and has tried to combine these interests in her work. Her first book, co-edited with Jerome Kagan, was The Emergence of Morality in Young Children. Her second book, The Trouble with Blame: Victims, Perpetrators, and Responsibility was her first attempt to combine these two interests. Her recent book, New Versions of Victims: Feminists Struggle with the Concept is a cultural critique of the idea of the victim in the historical present, and forthcoming is The Secret Lives of Girls: Sex, Aggression, and Guilt Jeffrie Murphy is Regents Professor of Law and Philosophy at Arizona State University.
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