Beyond Revenge The Evolution of the Forgiveness Instinct

ISBN-10: 078797756X

ISBN-13: 9780787977566

Edition: 2006

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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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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/11/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Three Simple Truths About Revenge and Forgiveness
Putting Vengeance and Forgiveness Back into Human Nature
Revenge Is a Problem: Counting the Costs
Revenge Is a Solution: Three Evolutionary Hypotheses
The Retribution Solution: The Evidence for Adaptation
Family, Friendship, and the Functions of Forgiveness
The Forgiveness Instinct
The Forgiving Brain
"To Promote and to Maintain Friendly Relations": Making Forgiveness Happen
From Neurons to Nations
Divine Forgiveness and Righteous Revenge
Homo ignoscens
Notes
Bibliography
The Author
Index
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