Implications of forgiveness enhancement in patients with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome

Loren Toussaint, Mary Overvold-Ronningen, Ann Vincent, Connie Luedtke, Mary Whipple, Tina Schriever, Frederic Luskin

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The purpose of this review is to examine forgiveness as a means to enhance coping with the emotional sequelae of two disorders, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. As with many chronic illnesses, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue often result in a host of negative emotions including, anger, stress, fear, and depression. We contend that learning to become more forgiving may be a complementary treatment to cope with the ongoing stress, frustration, and negative emotions that result from these two conditions. Our review includes descriptive information on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, a brief review of the literature on anger and its influence on health, a review of the connections between forgiveness and wellbeing, and methods to enhance forgiveness in patients' lives. We conclude with a conceptual model that we hope will be useful to design and/or evaluate work on forgiveness in these patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-139
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Health Care Chaplaincy
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Forgiveness


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