Synopses & Reviews
Dr. Friedman believes that at the root of almost all emotional problems is unforgiveness (grievances, judgments and attack thoughts)-- towards others, ourselves, our circumstances, God, anyone or everyone. The Forgiveness Solution is an easy to learn, practical and integrative process whereby we learn to shift and release our perceptions, attitudes, images, energy and distressing feelings (anger, guilt, hurt, shame, anxiety, panic, trauma etc) and simultaneously re-empower ourselves by choosing and deciding to forgive. He teaches us many powerful exercises, tools and techniques that show us exactly how to forgive rather than just talking about forgiveness. In The Forgiveness Solution Dr. Friedman introduces us to the new, highly effective healing techniques of Transformational Forgiveness and Energetic Forgiveness. When we forgive we find within ourself 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 while giving up the desire for retribution, punishment, or harm. This almost always leads to much greater happiness and joy. The next step in the Forgiveness Solution process is learning to develop positive, compassionate and often loving feelings toward the people and circumstances (including ourselves) that we previously perceived as hurtful. Finally, we learn to interpret -- and then realize -- that these upsetting experiences are opportunities for profound personal and spiritual healing and growth.
About the Author
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.