You feel guilt because of doing or not doing
Most of the
time guilt is formed due to another person.
- We feel guilty, even when others don't blame us
- Other people blame us, thus we feel guilty.
However, occasionally we feel guilt before or
during based on our opinion of what other people will think.
When no one else is involved directly; Guilt is
formed when we feel we have let ourselves down.
Clarifying the Guilt
To often we feel guilt without truly looking into
the true reasons. We see things on the surface, we stew inside and try to
aimlessly make amends or apologise.
Understanding why you are feeling guilty in detail
will help you to overcome the guilty feelings and where applicable; make
Who is to blame?
If someone else is blaming you for something; you
do have the choice to accept or reject that blame.
If you know completely that you did your best and
that you had honest and good intentions, you do not need to take on the
guilt. The person who is blaming you, blames you for their reasons. These
reasons do not have to be YOUR reasons.
If you DO blame yourself; then there may be a way
to make amends; if so, it may be wise to approach your options.
- Genuinely being sorry and asking forgiveness.
- Trying a second time to put things right
- Asking someone else to help put things right
Understanding our actions and what we
could/can do differently are paramount in helping to vanquish the guilt
that we feel.
- If you could do it again, how
would you do things differently?
- Why did you do what you did?
- How did you feel at the time?
Please try to accept that you only did what you thought was right at
the time. If since you have had new information which
you didn't have initially; then you could not have known any better (new
information being even as simple as not realising something MAY cause
When the guilt started
Look carefully at when the guilt started.
After the event: You didn't know what you know now;
at the time you felt no guilt. Something pulled you to do/not do
whatever it was AT THE TIME.
At the time: Did you know it was wrong but wanted the experience all the same.. did
you know it was right and were just afraid?
You do not need to feel guilty.
simply need to accept what you did, and accept the consequences.
Occasionally; Guilt is formed when we've done
something WE wanted to do, but which upset another person. In such an
instance you need to ask yourself if you are being true to yourself; or
trying to live up to someone else's expectations.
Do not allow anyone else to tell you what is right
or wrong; do as is right for you. Take responsibility for your own
feelings and allow others to take responsibility for theirs.
If you need to make amends; ensure that any other
people whom are involved are fully aware of your new actions or
Do talk to them about what you would have done
differently and WHY you did what you did. More often than not; the other
persons blame will be based on what they have seen and not on YOUR truth.
If you can sit and calmly talk with them about how you feel it may help.
Re-doing something in a better way isn't always
possible. In such instances we have to simply acknowledge our mistake and
commit to doing better next time.