Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Walter Jacobson, M.D.

Posted July 27, 2014

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Un-Forgiveness. What is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

Read More: anger, forgive to win, forgiveness, letting go of judgments, personal development, positive psychology, resentments, self help, spirituality, victimhood, walter jacobson md, world peace

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There is no upside to un-forgiveness. Forgiveness doesn't mean you are condoning their bad behavior. It doesn't mean they shouldn't be held accountable for their actions. It doesn't mean you are setting yourself up for future victimization. Withholding forgiveness doesn't punish the offender. It actually punishes yourself because it is a form of self-attack and self-sabotage. SCROLL DOWN TO WATCH VIDEO


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I've never agreed with this. I think this new philosophy emerged in the 1980's when I was studying for Nursing and attended a psych seminar where I first heard this. Since then it has been brandied about as the ultimate factor in self healing. But human nature being what it is, deep down, most individuals I think would always have the strong emotion of doubt. If the offending party is notified that they are forgiven (for whatever hurt they inflicted) there is little doubt in my mind they will feel completely vindicated and will refuse to explore any possible flaw in themselves. Forgiving has never worked for me and I feel it is for forces far more powerful than myself to do the forgiving. I fail to understand how forgiving the Nazi's, or any individual responsible for insufferable agony helps with healing. I suppose I'm incapable of conceptualizing this.


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