Beyond Revenge: The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

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John Wiley & Sons, Mar 31, 2008 - Psychology - 320 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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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

Contents

The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 1 Putting Vengeance and Forgiveness Back into Human Nature
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 2 Revenge Is a Problem
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 3 Revenge Is a Solution
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapte 4 The Retribution Solution
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 5 Family Friendship and the Functions of Forgiveness
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 6 The Forgiveness Instinct
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 7 The Forgiving Brain
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 8 To Promote and to Maintain Friendly Relations
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 9 From Neurons to Nations
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 10 Divine Forgiveness and Righteous Revenge
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Chapter 11 Homo ignoscens
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Notes
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Bibliography
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct The Author
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The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct Index
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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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