Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

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Wiley, Jun 30, 2008 - Psychology - 256 pages
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Why is revenge such a pervasive and destructive problem? How can we create a future in which revenge is less common and forgiveness is more common? Psychologist Michael McCullough argues that the key to a more forgiving, less vengeful world is to understand the evolutionary forces that gave rise to these intimately human instincts and the social forces that activate them in human minds today. Drawing on exciting breakthroughs from the social and biological sciences, McCullough dispenses surprising and practical advice for making the world a more forgiving place.

Michael E. McCullough (Miami, Florida), an internationally recognized expert on forgiveness and revenge, is a professor of psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he directs the Laboratory for Social and Clinical Psychology.

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Beyond revenge: the evolution of the forgiveness instinct

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Although the news abounds with stories of horrendous violence fueled by the desire for revenge, occasional tales of forgiveness also surface. McCullough (psychology, Univ. of Miami) argues that ... Read full review

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I too was attracted after hearing Krista Tippett interview the author. My interest was in understanding forgiveness vs. revenge and wondering how we (societies) encourage more of the former and less of the latter toward a more peaceful world. I found the book interesting and informative. Read full review

About the author (2008)

Michael E. McCullough is a professor of psychology at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where he directs the Laboratory for Social and Clinical Psychology. His research is focused on human moral sentiments such as forgiveness, the desire for revenge, and gratitude. He also studies the evolutionary underpinnings and modern-day consequences of religious behavior.

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