Overcome Guilt!

Posted by Dr. Patrice Smith

What are you FEELING guilty of? 
Have you done something you know you shouldn't have done? Did not do something you should have? didn't reply to your friend's email? spent hours aimlessly surfing the web when there were more important things to do? told a little white lie? started a rumor? fell of your diet and weight loss regimen? Did not meet your goals for the day? What are you guilty of and why??

Guilt is an emotional and psychologically difficult reaction you feel when you believe you have done something out of sorts or... wrong, or the false idea that you should have done better. There are different types of guilt. One type is when a personal action, thought, or even behavior is out of alignment with your individual core values, in other words, going against your own conscience. Another type of  guilt occurs when you feel guilty for situations you did not cause or have no control over.
 In either case, harboring guilt is not healthy. It gets you emotional; angry, depressed...It may not be easy, but try to let go of the guilt you have pent up. Create awareness! Come to the realization that it really isn't your fault, or if it is, accept it for what it is. Without awareness, we are without control, totally at the mercy of our past. So, once you have come to terms with what is burdening you, if there is something you can do about it right now that could change things, go ahead and give it a try. If not, realize you were wrong, pray about it, ask for forgiveness and convince yourself (make a vow) that  it will never happen again.

Guilt was never a rational thing; it distorts all the faculties of the human mind, it perverts them, it leaves a man no longer in the free use of his reason, it puts him into confusion.
~ Edmund Burke


  1. Matty said...

    I think it depends on your own conscience. You and I do, or fail to do, the same thing we both know is wrong. However, one of us doesn't see it as that big a deal, while the other is mortified over it. Our individual moral compasses tell us how guilty we should feel. A lot, a little, or not at all.

    Our conscience and moral values also guides us in doing something about it. One of us takes action to some degree to right the wrong, while the other doesn't see the need to do anything.

    As with beauty, guilt is in the conscience (eye) of the beholder.

  2. annie said...

    This post reminds me I've used to feel depress and unforgivable when think of some guilty act or decision that I had done or made in the past of my career. You are right, this is no help, especially when this can't be reverted.I really did what you've suggest at that moment, pray and hope they will never happen again to harm anyone. It works,not only makes me feel better, and now I will think more before act. Thanks!

  3. Anonymous said...

    People had used guilt to minimize others; this is why we need to forgive ourselves and move on from guilt.

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