Everett Worthington Jr.: Forgiveness as a Coping Mechanism | Bouncing Back #8

In this episode, host Tia Harmer is joined by Everett Worthington Jr., a Commonwealth Professor Emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Forgiveness could mean different things to different people, but this is vital so you can let go of anger or resentment. And you cannot live full of grudges since it could affect your physical and mental health.

Meet Everett Worthington

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., Ph.D., is a Commonwealth Professor Emeritus working in the Department of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He holds a Faculty Affiliate appointment at the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University (Human Flourishing Program). 

He continues to be active in research and speaking around the world and is also a licensed Clinical Psychologist in Virginia. He has published over 45 books, around 500 articles, and scholarly chapters, mostly on forgiveness, humility, positive psychology, marriage and family topics, and religion and spirituality. 

Moreover, Everett developed the REACH Forgiveness model, which is currently being tested in global grant-funded randomized controlled trials in five countries (six sites), and has developed numerous other positive psychological interventions.

About the episode

In this episode hosted by Tia Harmer, Everett discussed forgiveness. According to him, this has two models: decisional and emotional forgiveness. He also said resilience is essential since it helps a person grow by accepting whatever comes their way, whether positive or negative.

Everett then explained how forgiveness could let out negative emotions within oneself, including hate, anger, resentment, and bitterness, and replace them with more peaceful emotions. In addition, he shared his forgiveness practices that you can do in your daily life. 

In conclusion

Forgiveness brings peace that allows you to focus on yourself and helps you go on with life. Allowing yourself to let go of your anger and grudges fosters good mental, physical, and spiritual health.

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