GUILT - HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE - HANDLE WITH CARE
Guilt is a hazardous substance,
and you must handle it with care.
Nearly everyone has been
exposed to the debilitating effects of guilt. People often
attempt to use it to motivate others to change in a positive
direction. Unfortunately, guilt rarely transforms lives in a
positive direction, and usually it has the opposite effect.
Guilty people suffer from low
self-esteem, and guilt places them in a non-resourceful state.
There’s a great risk that the debilitating effects of guilt will
make positive change more difficult. Guilt is relatively
ineffective as a motivator for positive change. It falls more
into the realm of punishment you deal out to others or to
When you repeatedly apply guilt
to an individual, he quickly becomes immune to its application.
Each new dose of guilt is less effective in moving behavior in
the desired direction.
Guilt has a tendency to
immobilize people into a state of inertia. They tend to wallow
in it and spend time punishing themselves for their mistakes
rather than correcting them.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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