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Forgiveness is Really Strange

Masi Noor and Marina Cantacuzino. Art by Sophie Standing.

What is forgiveness? What enables people to forgive? Why do we even choose to forgive those who have harmed us? What can the latest psychological research tell us about the nature of forgiveness, its benefits and risks?

This comic, based on science and real-life stories, illustrates the complexity of forgiveness and what it can mean to different people and its potential for positive change. It explores the key aspects of forgiveness and the impact it can have on the mind and psyche.




This beautiful graphic book is so important to communicate the F word: forgiveness. Forgiveness is so powerful because...it can break the cycle of revenge and re-humanize perpetrators of violence, and enable them to change...The list of powerful results of forgiveness is long, and for the first time is communicated in an engaging artistic way by one of my favourite charities with Dr Masi Noor. This book will become a moral guide to readers, including young people, on how to make the world a better place.
— Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, University of Cambridge and author of Zero Degrees of Empathy

The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age

Examining themes of forgiveness, reconciliation and conflict transformation, this book brings together the personal testimonies of both survivors and perpetrators of crime and violence and asks the question whether forgiveness may have more currency than revenge in an age, which seems locked into the cycle of conflict.

This reassuring and uplifting book testifies to the truth of forgiveness–freestanding, not dependent upon faith, but upon humanity. It is both provocative and full of hope.
— Jon Snow, journalist and presenter

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Community Tool Box: Forgiveness and Reconciliation

  • Can forgiveness be granted to those who have committed terrorist acts? 
  • Can one forgive in the absence of apology or remorse?
  • Can there be reconciliation following mass murder?

These are some of the questions the Forgiveness and Reconciliation section of the Community Tool Box addresses.

This resource has grown out of the work of The Forgiveness Project and has been developed with support from the Charter for Compassion and in collaboration with The University of Kansas.

You can access this free resource online or download it as a pdf by clicking on the Community Tool Box download icon.

The Forgiveness Toolbox

The Forgiveness Toolbox is a skills-based toolbox that enables individuals and groups to transform the impact of harm and violence and nurture peaceful co-existence.

This toolbox is a collaboration between Dr Masi Noor, Social Psychologist at Keele University, England, and Marina Cantacuzino, Founder of The Forgiveness Project.

The toolbox presents 7 skills including:

  • Building bridges born out of suffering: the skill of relating to another person's pain
  • Resisting conformity: the skill of finding your own path
  • Recovering from resentment: the skill of letting go of anger and bitterness
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