Abstract

In recent years, much has been written about forgiveness as a way to overcome the intense hurt and anger from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse; divorce; infidelity; and other past acts of betrayal. Although there is growing interest in forgiveness as a therapeutic issue, it is noteworthy that the Gestalt therapy literature has few references to forgiveness and how to work with forgiveness in therapy. This article first presents some ways to conceptualize forgiveness. Forgiveness is then viewed through the lenses of Gestalt theory and Jewish spiritual practice. Finally, through the integration of Gestalt methodology and Jewish spiritual practice, some ways to work with forgiveness in Gestalt therapy are presented and discussed.

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