Real World Clinical Social Work Blog: Saying No to Gratitude and Forgiveness

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Totally agree!

I wrote on essay on this too. Thank you for this!http://www.lynnjames.net/Lynn_James_Counseling/Lynns_Writings_files/Forgiveness_An_Act_of_Defiance_Sept2014.pdf
and about those cliche's that people toss out during difficult times...http://www.lynnjames.net/Lynn_James_Counseling/Lynns_Writings_files/Spirituality%20and%20Suffering_Mar2015.pdf

Lynn James 168 days ago

Yes.

I love this and I definitely get what you are saying. The the anger comment: I think people forget how important the journey TO forgiveness is (and if it is even necessary), and rather than embracing those emotions along the way, they are taught by these self-help books and pop psychology shows that the main goal is "forgiveness" and nothing-but. I think we live in a society where choosing to be ignorant or in denial is fully accepted and have become commonplace. I feel like the statements like "I'm grateful for my family" or "I'm grateful for what I have" start becoming excuses to hide even more behind our individualistic culture and sink deeper into the "every (wo)man for themselves" sentiment… if that makes sense. It amazes me sometimes how humans are so terrified of the ambiguity of emotions and how easy it is for some to just cast them aside. Thank you for this article and sorry for the rambling!

Lyndsay 278 days ago

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Dr. Danna Bodenheimer is the author of Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way.She shares practice wisdom with new clinicians.

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