Forgiving Can Literally Make You Forget.


ForgiveAre you the type of person who forgives easily? Or do you mull over the the offending incident for months or even years to come? Although it can be easy to pick out friends or coworkers who hold grudges from those who forgive, it turns out that scientists don’t understand much about why the two groups differ. Here, scientists tested whether forgiving makes people more likely to forget the details of the incident. The researchers presented subjects with hypothetical incidents and asked whether the person would forgive the transgressor. They then had the subjects either think or not think about the incident. They found that people who forgave the transgression were more likely to forget it after the “no think” condition versus those who did not forgive. Unfortunately for Romeo and Juliet, this study came about 400 years too late.

Forgiving You Is Hard, but Forgetting Seems Easy: Can Forgiveness Facilitate Forgetting?

“Forgiveness is considered to play a key role in the maintenance of social relationships, the avoidance of unnecessary conflict, and the ability to move forward with one’s life. But why is it that some people find it easier to forgive and forget than others?

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