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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