Professional Hypnotherapy and NLP - Guilt

Guilt is the emotion or belief that one has done something wrong.  Guilt can also be remedied through cognition, the understanding that the source of the guilty feelings was illogical or irrelevant.  Guilt is usually a negative focus upon oneself: "I am an evil person.  Guilt is most often a learned pattern from when you were younger, and can interfere with the development of emotional intelligence, leaving the person less able to determine where the limits of their responsibility lie.  Guilt can be good when it reminds us of a past transgression that we haven't yet come to terms with.  Guilt can be bad when it pressures us into falling in line with unrealistic or even unhealthy human expectations.  Guilt, however, is defined as a feeling that one has acted in a way that is different from a social or moral expectation. 

Shame and unresolved guilt are associated with greater distress and could also impact physiology in ways that might weaken a body's ability to respond well to stress.  It is exceedingly difficult to surmount the anxiety, shame and depression left with you, certainly without real treatment. 

Admitting to the feelings and talking them through with someone who you feel will understand is often a first step towards ridding yourself of your guilt.  These feelings are common and quite normal, but they can be very difficult to accept and many carers feel ashamed or guilty. 

Guilt can be a very tiring emotion, consuming energy that you need for other tasks.  Some people feel guilty for living in comfort and safety when others are suffering.  Flashy headlines have the power to turn a 1% difference in behavior into a 100% guilt inducing situation.  Psychopaths typically exhibit a "lack of remorse or guilt" in the face of wrongdoing.  Guilt stops you forgiving yourself, ties you to the past, and makes the future frightening and uncertain.  Guilt and its causes, merits, and also demerits is a common theme in psychology and psychiatry.