That's just the opposite of forgiving, right? Not so, in the minds of Dr. Boon and her students. Inspired by experiences one of her honours students (Rachel Ross, now a PhD student) had working with calls to a crisis line, they are exploring what makes forgiving different than not forgiving. In recent years, unforgiveness has become one of the three most-studied topics in Dr. Boon's lab. To date, the Lovelab team has explored:
- unforgiven offences (what kinds of things do people not forgive? Why don't they forgive? What do they see as the advantages and disadvantages of withholding forgiveness?)
- different types of experiences of unforgiveness
- victim-third party differences in unforgiveness (are close friends and family members of a victim quicker--or slower--to forgive an offender than the victim, him or herself?)
Contact Rachel Ross for details on how you can participate in her research on unforgiveness.