If Forgiveness is your top strength, you are good at forgiving those who have done you wrong. You always give people a second chance. You believe in mercy, and not revenge.

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Virtue Category

Forgiveness falls under the virtue category of Temperance. Temperance deals with strengths that protect us from excess. It is the practiced ability to monitor and manage one's emotions, motivation and behavior in the absence of outside help.

Key Concepts

It is important to distinguish forgiveness from:

  • condoning (removes the offense)
  • forgetting (removes the awareness)
  • reconciliation (restores the relationship)

​Instead forgiveness is a strength that we employ to protect ourselves from the feeling of hatred. It is a specialized form of mercy; a general concept of feeling kindness and compassion towards others.

The Ultimate Act of Forgiveness

Forgiveness In Action

Your Strength Motto

Let It Go.

Exercises for Boosting this Strength

  • Take 20 minutes and write about the personal benefits that resulted from a negative incident.
  • Think of someone who wronged you recently. Put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their perspective.

Examples of Forgiveness


  • The Straight Story
  • Incedies
  • Levity
  • In My Country
  • No Man's Land
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  • Let it Go - Idina Menzel (from the movie, Frozen)
  • Redemption Song - Bob Marley
  • Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word - Elton John
  • Forgiveness - Sarah McLachlan
  • Angelina - Bob Dylan
  • Forgive Me - Evanescence
  • Please Read The Letter - Allison Krauss & Robert Plant
  • Let's Stay Together - Al Green


Where Does Forgiveness Fall In Your Strengths Profile?

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