The psychology of emotion in restorative practice: how Affect Script Psychology explains how and why restorative justice works
Ed. by Vernon C. Kelly jr and Margaret Thorsborne. London and Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. 2014. 272 pp.
The phrase 'hate the sin but love the sinner' is attributed to Gandhi, although St Augustine said something similar. More recent psychological thinking takes the idea further, saying that the person him or herself should be encouraged to greater self-esteem. This is one more plank in the case against punishment as an acceptable or effective way of controlling each other's behaviour. Students of restorative practices are moving from research into whether they work to explaining why they work, and this book is an example. (Another is Meredith Rossner's Just emotions: rituals of restorative justice, 2013).