Betrayal, Rejection, Revenge, and Forgiveness: An Interpersonal Script Approach

Julie Fitness*

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    While it is true that betrayal leads to the loss of reliance on an individual, this chapter asserts that distress from the breach of trust comes from a sense of being neither regarded nor accepted. The author utilizes the interpersonal script method in understanding the latest researches in the field. Psychologically speaking, betrayal seems to be a complex form of interpersonal relationship conflict. Various sorts of emotions can be felt upon experiencing this circumstance, including anger, fear, doubt, and repulsion. Mechanisms to counteract these potentially destructive feelings involve taking revenge or letting go of the mistakes. Although reconciliation is suggested, it depends on the hurt party to forgive and accept or to repress and retaliate. Likewise, the offender has the choice to apologize and maintain the bond, to create alibis and enjoy the relief from the guilt, or even to leave with no confrontation and destroy the ties with silence.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInterpersonal Rejection
    EditorsMark Leary
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherOxford University Press
    Number of pages31
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199847761
    ISBN (Print)9780195130157
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


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