Forgiveness and Health: Psycho-spiritual Integration and the Promotion of Better Healthcare

Jon R. Webb, Loren Toussaint, Elizabeth Conway-Williams

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Psychology and religiousness/spirituality continue to be perceived as incongruent and incompatible, often resulting in a disconnection and suboptimal level of collaboration between the two fields to the detriment of healthcare. Nevertheless, forgiveness, or an absence of ill will, is a construct central to both mainstream world religion/spirituality and the field of psychology. Understanding and recognizing the construct of forgiveness and its mutually central application can foster increased collaboration between the fields. As a result, individually and collectively, the two fields will be better able to expand and further develop their many shared principles in the service of better healthcare.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-73
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Health Care Chaplaincy
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • forgiveness
  • healthcare
  • psychology
  • religiousness/spirituality


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