Source: (2013) Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal. 13:13-33.

What does it mean to forgive another person? This article will address the concept and process of forgiveness from a psychological perspective. Although psychologists often frame forgiveness as an internal process focused on emotions and attitudes, forgiveness can also have important consequences for interpersonal relations. For the sake of brevity, this article will emphasize forgiveness in responses to offenses by another individual. However, it is worth noting that forgiveness-related concepts can also apply in cases involving the self, groups, God, or even impersonal forces such as tornadoes. (excerpt)