TRUE GUILT vs. FALSE GUILT— WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

There are two broad categories of guilt:
TRUE GUILT AND FALSE GUILT.
TRUE GUILT
(1) This is the guilt you feel when you are
responsible for a wrong that you committed.
(2) In a sense this is a “healthy guilt”
because it makes you realize that
what you did was wrong.
(3) The first goal is to correct the wrong
if possible. If you offended or hurt
someone, seek forgiveness.
(4) The second goal is to let go of the
guilt. Don’t carry the guilt and
allow it to become a heavy burden.
Remind yourself that you are human
and make mistakes. You aren’t
perfect. You are still loved.
You can’t change the past. Forgive
yourself and put it behind you.
FALSE GUILT
(1) False guilt is when you feel guilty even
though you did nothing wrong.
(2) This is a self-imposed guilt and is
definitely “unhealthy” for you. It can
be paralyzing. You might feel guilty
because you THOUGHT you did
something wrong. Or that you SHOULD
have done something but didn’t.
(3) The goal is to accept the fact that
you did nothing wrong and let go of it.
Don’t punish yourself and carry
an unnecessary burden. Life is
too short to be self-destructive.
REMINDER
You can allow guilt to hold you back,
make you feel miserable,
and keep you from growing as a person,
or you can acknowledge your wrong
and use it to make a change in your
life and become a better person.

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