The science of guilt

Guilt is a feeling that can be considered similar to feeling shameful.

Guilt describes a sense of regret or responsibility that relates to actions taken.

People feel guilty when they argue with their best friend and do something wrong after realising that it was never their best friend’s mistake

Or you may feel guilty when you fight with your partner due to some misunderstanding and later regretting it.. but sometimes it could also gets worse when someone don’t say sorry Or apologize just because they may hurt their ego or attitude.

Some common signs of guilt are

• Insomnia

• Losing appetites

•  They avoid you

• They prefer small talks

• They get overwhelmed and emotional easily

• They seem anxious 

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The healthy guilt

The healthy guilt when you hurt someone or cause a problem that you could have avoided. This is often faced by people normally.

When the outcomes of the anger come in the form of violence, cursing, scolding or something inappropriate it’s an healthy guilt, but yet a “guilt”

The unhealthy guilt

Unhealthy guilt is when you feel guilty for things that are imaginary or beyond your control. It is irrational

This is where you feel guilty about something, but you’re not really to blame.

The causes of unhealthy guilt could be mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, dysphoria (feelings of constant dissatisfaction) and obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD)2.

It can trigger sufferers to believe they’re a burden to their loved ones and those around them.

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Let go of guilt

•  Don’t push yourself

Revisiting past mistakes won’t benefit anyone, least of all yourself, it would always result in the feelings of guilt and anxiety.
Our personal memories give us a sense of continuity — the same person (or sense of self) moving through time. They provide important details of who we are and who we would like to be

Instead of dwelling on painful memories, a focus on the present moment (such as attending to your breath, focusing on what you can currently see, smell or hear)

• Have a conversation with your inner critic

Our inner nurturer brings self-compassion and encouragement, while the inner critic helps you recognize where you’ve gone wrong and what you need to do to set things right. When you talk with your inner self you notice what’s wrong and it helps you to resolve your conflicts and simply your complications.

Some Facts about guilt

• We experience five hours of guilty feelings per week

• It can lead you to believing that you’ve harmed someone, when you actually haven’t

• People who feel guilty may be more likely to exercise self possession avoid self-control exhibit less hurt. 

• The guilt leads you to modify and to change your behavior.

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