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One Reason to Choose Forgiveness Over Revenge [greatergood.berkeley.edu]

 

By Elizabeth Hopper, Greater Good Magazine, May 16, 2022

Imagine that you’re at the grocery store, and someone else pushes past you, bumping into you. Or imagine that you’re out with friends, and a friend makes a teasing comment on a topic you’re sensitive about.

You might feel a variety of emotions—surprised, shocked, or upset. Experiences such as this—ones where we are insulted, belittled, or made to feel invisible—can even leave us feeling less than fully human. This, in turn, can cause us to feel sadness and shame.

How can we avoid this cascade of negative feelings? According to a recent paper in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, one potentially surprising way to feel rehumanized is by forgiving the person who hurt you.

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Thanks, Raphael for posting the article. I totally agree that there is nothing good in revenge, and I believe that only forgiveness can help a person to move forward. I've been in lots of situations when I was offended by someone, or someone acted badly towards me. And to be honest, I thought once about how can I make the person "pay" for the actions, but I felt even worse. When you think about what happened and how can you get revenge, it makes you feel angry, and offended, and it makes you stressed too. You can't forget about the situation, and you can't move forward. Forgiveness is the key to balance and only it can help you move forward

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