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On Forgiveness



“When we are disillusioned by someone close to us, we are not only profoundly disappointed in that person, but the very meaning and direction of our life and our relationship to the other simultaneously come into question…No longer being the one who is highly valued by the other, and seeing the cherished relationship fall apart, can be a devastating loss” (pp. 41-42).



On Disillusionment



“As defining as the injury and its impact were, so is the experience of forgiving. People report feeling lighter, fuller, clearer; whereas, before, the future was foreboding, it is now full of possibilities. While the injury is not forgotten, it no longer holds one so tenaciously” (p. 88).



On Intimacy, transcendence and openness



“To be a person is to live in the world with others. And anytime we become truly present to this reality, we are both enriched and humbled. As we have seen, in such a moment we experience deep empathy, appreciation or love for the other. It is also a moment when we, paradoxically, come to our senses as we allow ourselves to move past self-absorption and self-conscious to a connectness with something or someone that includes us and also surpasses us” (p. 216).




Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Intimacy (Psychology)
Phenomenological psychology.