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The Forgiveness Solution
The Whole-Body Rx for Finding True Happiness, Abundant Love, and Inner Peace
Philip H. Friedman, Ph.D.
ISBN: 9781573244626
Book (Paperback)
Conari Press
5 1/2 x 8 1/2
256 pages
January 1, 2010


"The Forgiveness Solution is a wonderfully healing book, an inspiring and practical guide that assists individuals on working through the rigorous task of releasing even the darkest of emotions." -Caroline Myss, author of Defy Gravity and

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

"The Forgiveness Solution is a wonderful, passionate, healing book that is easy to read, practical, integrative, and powerful. Readers will not only learn how to forgive themselves and others but will also be on the way to developing a forgiving personality and reconnecting with the inner goodness and light within themselves and each other." -Gerald G. Jampolsky, M.D., author of Love Is Letting Go of Fear and co-author of A Mini Course for Life

"There is no doubt that the #1 solution to so many of our personal, political, and social problems today is forgiveness. In this book Dr. Friedman offers a wealth of forgiveness techniques and processes that skillfully blends science, spirituality, and clinical practice into a seamless garment of love, peace, strength, and resilience." --Colin Tipping, author of Radical Forgiveness
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.

The Forgiveness Solution offers a process whereby we are released from these feelings — and not just the thoughts that go with them — by:

· giving up the beliefs that generate these emotions

· shifting our perceptions and learning to see things differently

· genuinely choosing and deciding to forgive

· developing positive, compassionate feelings toward the person or circumstance that we previously perceived as hurtful

· finding within us the capacity to feel an authentic sense of peace and contentment when thinking about the person or situation we previously perceived as hurting or harming us

· 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.

Philip Friedman, Ph.D., is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist. He has been practicing psychotherapy and healing for 30-plus years in Philadelphia and environs. He is on the Adjunct Faculty of the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, a Diplomate in Comprehensive Energy Psychology as well as the executive director of the Foundation for Well-Being and the author of the book Creating Well Being: The Healing Path to Love, Peace, Self-Esteem and Happiness (1989). Dr. Friedman has published over 30 articles in professional journals, magazines and books and is one of the founders of Integrative Psychotherapy and Integrative Healing, modalities that he first developed in the late 1970's and early 1980's. He has published original research on forgiveness in a clinical population showing that dramatic changes are possible in a relatively short period of time. Dr. Friedman has been a frequent guest on radio and T.V. In addition to his extensive training as a clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, Dr. Friedman has developed the Friedman Assessment Scales on Well-Being, Beliefs, Quality of Life, Affect and Personal/Spiritual Growth. He is trained in cognitive-behavior therapy, multi-modal therapy, marital and family systems therapy and many alternative energy and spiritual therapeutic or healing techniques, including the Emotional Freedom Techniques, Tapas Acupressure Technique, Advanced Integrative Therapy, Integrative Energy Therapy, Reiki, Neuro-Emotional Technique, Meditation, Yoga and others. Some of the strongest influences on his work have been his early training in the work of Attitudinal Healing developed by Gerald Jampolsky. He is also the founder of the Positive Pressure Point Techniques or PPPT. Photo: Raymond Holman
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