The Psychology of Guilt—Part III

This is the third in a three-part series of articles on the psychology of guilt. Please read the previous two articles first. In guilt dynamics, there are only two patterns of thinking or behaving—rectifying something you did not do or rectifying something you erroneously did do. Either way you are stuck. In general, this is a …

The Psychology of Guilt—Part II

This is the second of a three part series of articles on the psychology of guilt. Please read the first article before reading this one… Here’s another perspective, from psychology: “In this definition, guilt is a negative, paralyzing emotion, based on non-acceptance of oneself or the situation, and it leads to depression and frustration rather than …

The Psychology of Guilt–Part I

This is the first in a three-part series on the psychology of guilt. It is written by a clinical psychologist who has been in private practice 27 years. The Psychology of GUILT(Ambivalence Turned Inwards) From etymology (the study of historical linguistic change, especially as manifested in individual words)… “Guilt stems from gylt ‘crime, sin, fault, fine,’ …