- Hardcover: 376 pages
- Publisher: American Psychological Association (APA); 1 edition (January 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1557986894
- ISBN-13: 978-1557986894
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.2 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #870,572 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Helping Clients Forgive: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope 1st Edition
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I noticed nothing in the work touching on my own field (Christian ethics) that even seems questionable. And, of course, psychological evidence that forgiveness is conducive to mental health is perfectly harmonious with Christian moral teaching that calls for love of enemies and forgiveness.
The fact that this fine work was published, not by some commercial press, but by the American Pscyhological Association commends it to serious readers.
First, it is the fruit of many years of multidisciplinary reflection on an extensive review of both practical (clinical and pastoral) and theoretical sources. The conceptual understanding of forgiveness is based on an extensive review of both the social (e.g., psychology and sociology) and speculative (philosophy and theology) sciences.
Second, Helping Clients Forgive fits into and expands the broader and better known clinical approaches to the management and resolution of anger and to overcoming emotional trauma. The book describes how "forgiveness" may be an effective, and sometimes indispensable, means for dealing with anger when awareness, understanding, assertive expression, or sublimation of the anger have proven inadequate for resolving it.
Third, I found the book insightfully reviews research about anger as a cause or co-morbid difficulty of a wide range of DSM-IV disorders. Whether a clinician ever encourages a client- or a client attempts- to use forgiveness to try to resolve the anger associated with these conditions, I think that this knowledge about the prevalence of anger associated with so many problems presented by clients is invaluable.
Fourth, many clients have a religious world-view and tend to view forgiveness as a moral duty- and sometimes an anxious compulsion. I think that reading Helping Clients Forgive will enable clinicians (pastors, et al.Read more ›
Those suffering from excessive, overbearing and abusive relationships (either parents, spouses or friends) would find the book especially warm and engaging. The chapter on describing the ideas and benefits of "forgiveness therapy" are well-written. The chapters on detailing case studys on the application of "forgiveness therapy" are the most interesting. The authors detail forgiveness in eating disorders, forgiveness in depression, forgivenss in anxiety disorders, forgiveness in family relationships, etc.
Essentially this book provides a framework for recovery where others, such as Alice Miller, don't do. Ms. Miller would learn a lot from reading this book.
Overall, congratulations on a fine book. I commend the two authors wholeheartedly!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is advertised for medical practioners. As I am not a medical practitioner, I found the copious research taxing. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Miriam
It is a wonderful resource for anyone looking for a positive way of forgiving,Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book, it broadened the awareness within self on what forgiveness is and isn't. I had to read the book in school and I wanted to have an additional book for my clients.Published 23 months ago by Dimietri Hollimon
Wonderful clinical resource in working with forgiveness. The concepts have brought healing to many clients.Published on July 13, 2014 by Myrna B.
As a clinical psychologist, I found this book to be eminently practical and well-organized, but also compassionate in its approach to a difficult topic. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Sean E. Stevens, Ph.D.
Excellent!!! It's complete and integrates theory and practice. Aún no he terminado de leerlo pero es muy completo y sobre todo práctico.Published on April 19, 2010 by I. Morales
I am a divorce attorney wishing that lawyers would take a greater role in guiding clients through relationship breakup with sensitivity, humility, and compassion. Read morePublished on September 16, 2009 by T. W. Arnold