Forgiveness is difficult to define, according to the author of this article, though there is much talk in society and the media about it. Against this background, Van Gorp points to increasing research, especially in the field of psychology, into the nature, practice, and effects of forgiveness. Such studies suggest that forgiveness yields consistent, positive, psychological results. Van Gorp then discusses principles and processes of forgiveness in the context of real-life examples of wrongdoing.
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