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  • Sam DiFranco

Guilt Star Point Counseling center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl 

Guilt is a feeling people typically have after doing something wrong, intentionally or accidentally. A person’s sense of guilt usually relates to their moral code.

Guilt isn’t necessarily bad. Sometimes it’s even productive. Feeling bad after making a mistake can lead to change, such as an apology or a decision to make different choices in the future. A “guilty pleasure” can describe something harmless a person enjoys even if they feel they shouldn’t or are embarrassed about their tastes.

But guilt is sometimes unhelpful. It can cause physical symptoms, self doubt, decreased self esteem and Shame. It can be difficult to overcome these feelings, especially in the case of chronic guilt. But it is possible, especially with help. If you are struggling with feelings of guilt, contacting a therapist at Star Point Counseling Center in Tampa, Fl & Brandon, Fl who can help you get to the root of these feelings, understand why they persist, and help you address them. Doing so can help prevent them from affecting you negatively.

It isn’t always easy to understand what guilt is. In fact, guilt and shame are often confused with each other, though they’re distinct emotions. Guilt describes a sense of regret or responsibility that relates to actions taken. People may feel guilt over things they actually did wrong, things they believe were their fault, or things they had no responsibility for.

When a person can’t fix a mistake, guilt can persist until they have the chance to make amends. Guilt resulting from an action that can’t be repaired, such as when a person feels they indirectly caused another’s death, can have a lasting, negative impact on life. Therapy at Star point Counseling center in Tampa, Fl and Brandon, Fl can often help a person address these emotions and reframe their feelings about what happened.

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