State of Mind with Debra Sloss
The Power of Forgiveness in Mental Health

Episode #21: Psychotherapist Debra Sloss is joined by Holocaust survivor and public speaker Gitta Ryle who was separated from her parents, experienced terrible trauma while fleeing from the Nazis during World War II, and wound up losing her father. After the war, Gitta was reunited with her sister and mother, and together they immigrated to the United States. By the time she reached adulthood, Gitta found herself sick with physical and mental health symptoms that included ulcers and panic attacks. Gitta was guided by her doctor to begin psychotherapy and embarked on a long road of self-discovery and healing. She learned that forgiveness of herself and others played an essential role in her journey to physical and mental wellness. Also with us to discuss the profound power of forgiveness in mental health is researcher, author, and forgiveness expert Frederic Luskin PhD. Dr. Luskin helps us understand what forgiveness is and isn’t, why it is of value, and ways to access it.

Broadcast: 8/2/20

Special thanks to Jeanne Baldzikowski for audio production and to Jennifer Young, who assists with research and outreach. And thanks to acoustic guitarist Adrian Legg for composing, performing, and donating the use of our theme music.

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Books & Magazines:
Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness, by Frederic Luskin (2003)

Forgive for Love: The Missing Ingredient for a Healthy and Lasting Relationship, by Frederic Luskin (2009)

Greater Good Magazine: Science-based Insights for a Meaningful LifeOnline Magazine that turns scientific research into stories, tips, and tools for a happier life and a more compassionate society.

Forgive For Good
(Fred Luskin)

Dr. Fred Luskin Talks About The Power Of Forgiveness

Fred Luskin: The Choice to Forgive

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