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Huffington Post, WPR highlight Enright’s new book, ‘8 Keys to Forgiveness’

October 20, 2015

The Huffington Post and Wisconsin Public Radio recently put a spotlight on a new book by UW-Madison’s Robert Enright that’s titled, “8 Keys to Forgiveness.”

Enright is a licensed psychologist, a professor with the School of Education’s No. 1-ranked Department of Educational Psychology and a co-founder of the International Forgiveness Institute.

Enright's Forgiveness bookEnright has been pioneering the study of forgiveness in locations across the globe for nearly three decades.  His forgiveness model is based on the premise that letting go of feelings of anger and resentment can be liberating. His work is especially tailored toward developing forgiveness education programs for children in impoverished and war-torn nations, such as Northern Ireland, where classroom research shows that learning about forgiveness helps promote anger reduction. Enright hopes that students will be able to focus on building healthy interpersonal relationships as they mature, and work toward creating more just and tolerant societies.

The Huffington Post article, penned by Enright, outlines the eight basic steps involved in following a path to forgiveness that are adapted from his new book.

“As you read through these steps,” writes Enright, “think about how you might adapt them to your own life.”

These steps include:

1. Know what forgiveness is and why it matters

2. Become “forgivingly fit”

3. Address your inner pain

4. Develop a forgiving mind through empathy

5. Find meaning in your suffering

6. When forgiveness is hard, call upon other strengths

7. Forgive yourself

8. Develop a forgiving heart

Robert Enright
Meanwhile, Enright appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio’s Joy Cardin Show on Monday, Oct. 19. 

The segment was titled, “The Why and How of Forgiveness.” The Wisconsin Public Radio website notes: “At some point we have all been wronged and have also wronged others, but how do we find forgiveness? A leading authority in the scientific study of forgiveness outlines steps to deal with anger and build a pathway to emotional healing.”

“The more I study (forgiveness), the more I realize how vital it is to every human being on the planet who would chose this when their heart is broken through injustice,” Enright tells host Joy Cardin. “I think it has great utility to the world.”

But make sure and listen to an archive of the entire segment for free on the Wisconsin Public Radio website.

Enright’s book was published in late September in the United States and will be released in Europe later this month.