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Guilt Vs. Shame

The difference between shame and guilt may seem superficial, but it's crucial to understand it, so you can learn to handle your emotions better.

We all make mistakes, but they don't have to affect your self-esteem. Instead, you can learn from guilt and grow from the experience wi...

Guilt and Shame Defined

  • Guilt is defined as an emotional state that appears when we feel we have failed to live up to the morals of ourselves or others.
  • Shame is defined as an intense feeling about the self that comes from failing to live up to your own or others' standards.

Dealing Appropriately with Guilt

When you're trying to work through guilt, here's what you need to do:

  • Distinguish between action and self;
  • Accept responsibility;
  • Make amends - apologize and make reparations;
  • Take a problem - solving approach - look for solutions;
  • Make better choi...

The Harm of Shame

Shame can be more troubling than guilt. It's hard for some people to separate their actions from who they are as a person. The downsides of shame:

  • Decreases self-esteem - you tend to think that every negative action says something about who you are.
  • Promotes unethical behavi...

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