Giving our inner selves a “moral OK” is a significant action toward the self-healing process, according to initial findings in a two-part study conducted at Baylor University. The second stage of the study revealed similar results to the first, although unlike in Study One, receiving forgiveness from someone else had little effect on whether one forgave oneself. The research also showed that the guiltier a person felt and the more serious the wrong, the less he or she was likely to self-forgive. Making amends also appeared to help people self-forgive by reducing those feelings, the researchers found, and in addition, women were generally less self-forgiving than men.
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