Guilty as Charged! Now What?
Knowing the Difference Between Guilt and Shame
- The fact of being responsible for wrongdoing or a crime
- A feeling of responsibility for having done something wrong
- A painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace
- A condition of disgrace or dishonor
Ways to Cope
- Recognize your guilt or shame.
- Ask for forgiveness and make amends to those you have hurt.
- Talk with friends, family members, or a therapist about your feelings of guilt or shame. It may help to talk to someone who has had a similar experience.
- Allow yourself time to overcome your guilt and shame. In most cases, the feelings won't go away overnight.
American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org
Mental Health America http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net
Canadian Psychiatric Association http://www.cpa-apc.org
Canadian Psychological Association http://www.cpa.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 01/2014 -
- Update Date: 02/11/2014 -