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JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW ASSIGNMENTJOURNALARTICLEREVIEWASSIGNMENTMadelyn N. BoersteCounselor Education and Family Studies, Liberty UniversityAuthor NoteMadelyn BoersteI have no known conflict of interest to disclose.Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Madelyn BoersteEmail: [email protected]1
JOURNAL ARTICLE REVIEW ASSIGNMENTSummaryThe article offers a defense for the use of self-forgiveness in counseling. The authorbegins by stating the importance of self-forgiveness and the current lack of attention in this areaof forgiveness. The author defines self-forgiveness as "a form of restoring self-respect, anecessary part of the process of seeking forgiveness, or even a moral prerequisite for receivingforgiveness from others” (Kim & Enright, 2014). Another definition that is used defines self-forgiveness as “one's healing journey from estrangement to a sense of arriving at home in thesense that one is now comfortable with the self” (Kim & Enright, 2014).The author then moveson to state the purpose of self-forgiveness as a therapeutic tool. The author states that it can helpto heal negative attitudes toward self. The author moves on to detail the opposing side of self-forgiveness and provides the argument of those that disagree with its therapeutic effectiveness orbenefit. The main opposing argument that is stated says that self-forgiveness can lead to a certainlevel of narcissism and a lack of responsibility for one’s actions. The solution that is offered is toensure that the self-forgiver also acknowledges the offense from self and take responsibility forit. The author then details the difference between self-forgiveness and divine forgiveness by firstdefining forgiveness as denying the right to resentment and offering kindness or love toward theoffender (Kim & Enright, 2014). The author also states that only the wronged can offerforgiveness and that forgiveness is not the act of forgiving another’s sins because this can only bedone by God Himself. Cancellation of sins is isolated to divine forgiveness. However, in self-forgiveness, one can only mirror God’s forgiveness in showing unconditional love. The authorthen poses the question, “what is the nature of self-forgiveness?”. The author offers an answer tothis question by using person-to-person forgiveness as an example by stating that self-forgiveness is unconditional, unlike other moral values. The author then states that forgiveness2

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