Dr. Guy Bachman (COMM) Featured in Inside CSULB for His Research on Forgiveness

September 10, 2012

Dr. Guy Bachman (COMM) was featured in Inside CSULB on September 4, 2012, for his research on forgiveness.

Dr. Bachman’s research shows five forms of communicative forgiveness: non-verbal displays, implicit forgiveness, conditional forgiveness, discussion, and minimization where the forgiver might say “Oh, forget about it. It’s not a big deal.”

In addition, Dr. Bachman is working on a study with Communication Studies colleague San Bolkan that looks at factors linked to forgiveness, including “perceived partner mattering” and “relational tone.” Perceived mattering involves the degree to which one feels important to their partner and relational tone involves how much hurt and drama is experienced in a relationship.

Dr. Bachman received his B.A. from the University of Hawaii, his M.A. from New Mexico State University, and his Ph.D. in 2002 from Arizona State University. He has been a member of CSULB since 2002.

To read more about Dr. Bachman’s research and recent study, visit Richard Manly’s Inside CSULB article “Bachman Looks at Forgiveness.”

Photo by David J. Nelson. Adapted from Richard Manly’s article.