By Andrea Brandt Ph.D. M.F.T.
Most of us hold at least some misconceptions about forgiveness, so before you take steps toward forgiving someone, you need to understand what it is. Here are some things that forgiving someone doesn't mean:
Forgiveness doesn't mean you are pardoning or excusing the other person's actions.
Forgiveness doesn't mean you need to tell the person that he or she is forgiven.