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Archetypal Arc

jainismForgiveness begins as a strange idea, as something that other people do, as something that we are afraid to do.

Forgiveness continues as “something that makes sense,” as a way to “move on,” “to let go,” as something you “need to work on.”

Then forgiveness manifests – first, as an exception to the rule, as a precedent.

Then a habit of forgiveness forms, an autotelic habit.

Finally, forgiveness becomes a baseline.

An archetypal arc… from fear to fearlessness.

Wherever you are in this process, congratulations to you: you are alive, you mean well, and you are doing your best.

Archetypal Arc

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2014). Archetypal Arc. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 13, 2020, from


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