Mona Gustafson Affinito, Ph.D., L.P.

Psychologist; Professor, Author; Practicing Therapist

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Thanks to Jean Budge for making me aware of the following. It’s a beautiful example of the way forgiveness blesses the forgiver.

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  • The purpose and practice of punishment: three factors
  • Confusing vengeance with punishment: the dangers
  • Quick and Easy Forgiveness: the hazards
  • Guilt: appropriate and inappropriate
  • Shame: the growth and creativity inhibitor
  • Reconciliation and forgiveness: not necessarily linked
  • Forgiveness and Religion: destructive or helpful
  • Forgiveness: it’s place in the process of psychotherapy
  • Impediments to Forgiveness: myths and realities
  • The biblical book of Job: the positions of forgiveness
  • Figs & Pomegranates & Special Cheeses: finding the forgiveness theme