Unforgiveness Hook Metaphor

Forgiveness is an often misunderstood concept in psychotherapy, which is a shame because there is a fantastic literature on helping clients to forgive. The Unforgiveness Hook Metaphor is an illustrated information sheet based upon a metaphor originally suggested by Steven Hayes. The message is that holding on to anger maintains a link between the hurter and the hurtee which can be damaging.

  • Enright, R. D., Fitzgibbons, R. P. (2000). Helping clients forgive: An empirical guide for resolving anger. New York: American Psychological Association.

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Unforgiveness Hook Metaphor