Let’s Talk about Guilt and Shame

Openhearted Rebellion

By Paige Bartholomew, Licensed Psychotherapist

via The Master Shift

Guilt is an important emotion that lets us know when we’ve transgressed someone’s free will. It is meant to be used as a signal to alert us to a possible mistake we may have made.

Unfortunately, many of us use the feeling of guilt as a battering ram against ourselves.  The proper way to use guilt is to thank it for giving us the information we need, and then to turn our energy toward making repairs wherever necessary.

After repairs are made, it’s important not to linger in the guilt. If you find that you are lingering, it may be that the other person involved WANTS you to carry that guilt FOR THEM.

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