This study examined the role of automaticity in forgiving a real-life offense.
As an alternative to self-report, an Implicit Association Test (IAT) of
forgiveness was developed. Implicit (IAT-measured) and explicit (self-
reported) forgiveness predicted shorter response times of state forgiveness
ratings. The forgiveness IAT was highly reliable, moderately stable over time,
and demonstrated incremental validity. Results suggest that the newly
introduced forgiveness IAT could advance personality research beyond what is
known from self-report measures, further corroborating the notion of implicit
forgiveness. Implications for personality assessment are discussed.