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Forbidden Knowledge of Forgiveness

Forgiveness requires forbidden knowledge about human nature, an understanding of the hard-to-grasp fact that we are all “motivationally innocent,” we all “mean well” from our own point-of-view. This curious truth is the “inside narrative” that is always eclipsed by our own “inside narrative.” And each act of forgiveness deepens this paradoxical knowledge until you pre-forgive all that you are yet to witness and suffer from.
See Melville’s Billy Budd or Camus’ Stranger for reference.
Forbidden Knowledge of Forgiveness

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. (2018). Forbidden Knowledge of Forgiveness. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 18, 2020, from


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