Archetypal Arc


Forgiveness begins as a strange idea, as something that other people do, as something that we are afraid to do.

Forgiveness continues as “something that makes sense,” as a way to “move on,”“to let go,” as something you “need to work on.”

Then forgiveness manifests – first, as an exception to the rule, as a precedent.

Then a habit of forgiveness forms, an autotelic habit.

Finally, forgiveness becomes a baseline.

An archetypal arc… from fear to fearlessness.

Wherever you are in this process, congratulations to you: you are alive, you mean well, and you are doing your best.


Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and the author of "Eating the Moment" (New Harbinger, 2008), "Present Perfect" (NH, 2010), "The Lotus Effect" (NH, 2010), "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011), "Reinventing the Meal" (2012), and "Anger Management Jumpstart" (PESI, 2013). He is in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. Pavel Somov is also on the Advisory Board for the London Mindfulness Center (UK). His book website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).Like this author?

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