Posted by: Ishi | 2007/02/27

Feelings of Guilt after misunderstanding


Just want to find out, is Feelings of Guilt, feeling sad and feeling ashamed after misunderstanding necessarily contributed to depression. Or are emotions normal?. That's how i've been feeling lately.


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Emotions are normal --- they can slide into a disorder like Depression when they get too eprsistent ( they last for days, then weeks without improving ) and when they are all out of proportion to whatever started them. Feeling guilty can make you feel depressed ; being Depressed can make you more likely to find something to feel guilty about. And if what happened was a genuine misunderstanding, then you have no need to feel guilty.

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Posted by: RMC | 2007/02/27

And if you did not feel bad there would be a problem.

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Posted by: Gem | 2007/02/27

Hi Ishi

Feeling guilty, sad & ashamed is normal. Speaks of remorse.
It is meant to be short-lived after a misunderstanding.
Feel it, think it and let it go.

If those feelings are prolonged though, once can assume some of the following;

Inadequate conclusion or closure of misunderstanding.
Further hidden and unspoken issues, relating to misunderstanding.
Incapacity or unwillingness to accept the final agreed outcome.

Be gentle with yourself. Find a peaceful and uninterrupted spot, quiet down and ask yourself why exactly you feel so sad and ashamed still. Do you have a validated reason to still ? What can you do to rectify it today ? Is it within your means / capacity ?

If your emotions find the issue still unbearable, make an appointment with a clinical psychologist in your area.

An objective and experienced third-party is sometimes all you need to find your way again.

Best of luck.

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