New Book Makes the Bold and Original Claim Nearly All Emotional Distress Can Be Released by Practicing Forgiveness

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Dr. Friedman emphasizes in The Forgiveness Solution that at the root of almost all emotional problems (depression, anxiety, guilt, anger, sadness, rage) is unforgiveness (grievances, judgments and attack thoughts) -- towards others, ourselves, our circumstances, God, anyone or everyone.

“A comprehensive and powerful book that teaches hurt people to recover their center and let go of painful wounds and grievances.” —Fred Luskin, Director, Stanford Forgiveness Projects and author of Forgive for Good

Dr. Friedman emphasizes in his new book, The Forgiveness Solution, that at the root of almost all emotional problems (depression, anxiety, guilt, anger, sadness, rage) is unforgiveness (grievances, judgments and attack thoughts) -- towards others, ourselves, our circumstances, God, anyone or everyone. The Forgiveness Solution offers a process whereby readers are released from these feelings — and not just the thoughts that go with them — by: giving up the beliefs that generate these emotions; shifting perceptions and learning to see things differently; genuinely choosing and deciding to forgive; developing positive, compassionate feelings toward the person or circumstance that was previously perceived as hurtful; finding within the capacity to feel an authentic sense of peace and contentment when thinking about the person or situation previously perceived as hurting or harmful; giving up the desire for retribution, punishment or harm; interpreting — and then realizing — these experiences as opportunities for profound personal and spiritual growth.

Dr. Friedman writes in the Introduction, “Don’t be daunted by the long list! My point is that the process of forgiveness is a profound one. It isn’t something one dimensional, with a simple beginning and end. It is a thorough examination and repositioning of oneself that leads to lasting feelings of peace, love and joy and a sense of inner balance and calm.

"The chapters in this book will address each of these aspects of forgiveness through a series of powerful exercises and processes that include journaling, affirmations, imagery processes, relaxation/meditation, and some work with energy and spiritual healing. Sometimes these processes and techniques will trigger quantum and sudden positive shifts in you, sometimes the changes will be more gradual. There is no right or wrong way for any of this to happen. However it happens for you is the right way.”

Providing a whole-body prescription, Dr. Friedman draws from A Course in Miracles (which inspired Marianne Williamson, among many others), cognitive behavioral therapy, body-centered therapies, psycho-spiritual therapy, attitudinal healing, and energy work.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Philip H. Friedman, Ph.D., has been practicing psychotherapy and healing for 30-plus years. He is the executive director of the Foundation for Well-Being and has published over 30 articles in professional journals, magazines, and books, including original research on forgiveness in a clinical population showing that dramatic changes are possible in a short period of time. He has been a frequent guest on radio and TV. Visit him online at http://www.philipfriedman.com.

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