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Behav Brain Sci. 2013 Feb;36(1):37-8. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X12000453. Epub 2012 Dec 5.

Revenge and forgiveness in the New South Africa.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Cape Town, Groote Schuur Hospital, Observatory 7925, Cape Town, South Africa. dan.stein@uct.ac.za


Insofar as South Africa underwent a rapid transformation from apartheid to democracy, it may provide a unique laboratory for investigating aspects of revenge and forgiveness. Here we suggest that observations and data from South Africa are partially consistent with the hypotheses generated by MCullough and colleagues. At the same time, the rich range of revenge and forgiveness phenomena in real-life settings is likely to require explanatory concepts other than specialized modules and their computational outputs.

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