1. Conceptual Foundations
Why Is Forgiveness Important?
Social Science Approaches
2. Elements of the Forgiveness Process
Sensitizing Concepts: Communication as an Observational Lens
Transgressions and Traumatic Relational Events
3. Theorizing Forgiveness
Uncertainty Management Frameworks
Identity Management Theories
Towards Negotiated Morality Theory (NMT) of Forgiveness
4. Communicating Forgiveness
The Forgiveness Episode: Six Communication Processes
Revealing and Detecting Transgressions
Relationship Negotiation and Transition
5. Practicing Forgiveness
The Dark Side of Forgiveness
Prescriptive Models of Forgiveness
Communication Tasks of Forgiveness (CTF): A New Prescriptive Model
Reconciliation: A Possible Outcome of Forgiveness
Contributions From Long-Term Couples
6. Studying Forgiveness: Methodological Conundrums and Transformational Experiences
Why Do We Study Forgiveness?
Conceptual Definition: What Is Forgiveness Anyway?
Picking Our Paradigm: Which Questions Matter Most?
How Do You Measure Forgiveness?
About the Authors