Dr. Friedman emphasizes in The Forgiveness Solution that at the root of almost all emotional problems (depression, anxiety, guilt, anger, sadness, rage) is unforgiveness (grievances, judgments and attack thoughts)-- towards others, ourselves, our circumstances, God, anyone or everyone. The Forgiveness Solution offers a process whereby we are released from these feelings - and not just the thoughts that go with them - by: * giving up the beliefs that generate these emotions * shifting our perceptions and learning to see things differently * genuinely choosing and deciding to forgive * developing positive, compassionate feelings toward the person or circumstance that we previously perceived as hurtful * finding within us 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 * giving up the desire for retribution, punishment or harm * interpreting - and then realizing - these experiences as opportunities for profound personal and spiritual growth
Philip Friedman, PhD, 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, NeuroEmotional 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.