By roger schwartz, Oct 13 2016 06:54AM
If you are fortunate enough at this time to be having the experience of a human “being”, the chances are good that you are familiar with both guilt and shame. The frequency or depth to which these are experienced in our lives can depend on a variety of influences, both internal and external- parents or early caregivers, peers, influence of media, religious teachings and even our own personal beliefs as to the purpose and meaning of our life experience.
Guilt is often the feeling that arises as a result of doing or even thinking something that we believe, for whatever reason, is “wrong”. Behind shame lies the belief that we (self) are defective, that there is something “wrong” with us that made it possible for us to commit that action or have those thoughts.