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Guilt Psychology: Analysis of the Effects on People

Written by Ahmet Tuna Balci

Many times throughout your life, different reactions have been given by both you and the people around you in different situations. Although this is based on the personality and characteristic differences of everyone in general, it is one of the most important things that will affect your emotions in the situation you encounter. Now we should take a closer look at one of the behaviors with dozens of different combinations [3].

Of course, most people have been in a psychologically difficult situation in front of people in different environments due to their behavior, and for this reason, the "feeling of guilt" we call guilt psychology, that is, although it varies from person to person, even if they do or do not act or verbally act wrong according to a general group, there is no opposition to this situation. It can be defined as a kind of defense mechanism or behavioral reflex that one feels due to active stimuli from the other side [1]. If the behavior you perform consciously or unintentionally during the event you are experiencing conflicts with the known or accepted truths of the society, then this behavior may be any form of expression, not just verbal or gesture, which often creates a strong feeling that includes emotions such as sadness or disappointment. This emotional state is called guilt psychology if the person does not accept or deny this situation. However, as we have stated, since the person is really unfair, this situation in which the person is in terms of social ethics is experienced in a very normal way. However, unlike this situation, if the person is in a very different situation from this general opinion, regardless of the judgments that the society has, then this event becomes a psychological problem and reaches dangerous dimensions that can cause severe physical and mental damage to people [2].

Let's see what is the basis of the psychology of guilt, which has now become a "case" at the level of a disease, from just a simple thought/behavior phenomenon. There is also the possibility that the attitude of society towards the individual may be wrong in a secondary way, regardless of all these particular judgments in the first place. In this case, the pressure or the effect of the people in front of the person on the person determines the mental state of the person in the event. Against a more understanding group, one does not compromise one's own character, ensuring that this situation remains just a misunderstanding or a similar simplified situation for both parties, and the situation is brought under control. If this tolerance is not shown and the level of the harshness of the behaviors increases, the person in the situation calls these accusations slander at the first stage and does not accept this situation in any way [4]. After a while, the person who loses his self-confidence reaches exactly the point we are talking about. In the continuation, the consequences that are so bad and heavy that we cannot talk about them, have to be experienced, especially by the individual who is involved in the event.

Of course, every person has experienced this situation in its harsher or milder forms, but we can see that society's ethics today cause most individuals to be excluded from society or their lives to be ruined in society. For this reason, in these morally corrupt societies, intensive research should be carried out, especially in the scientific field. There are already many studies today and such behaviors of people should be prevented [5].

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  2. Guilt: Definition, types, & differences versus shame. The Berkeley Well-Being Institute. (n.d.). Retrieved February 28, 2023, from

  3. Sussex Publishers. (n.d.). Guilt. Psychology Today. Retrieved February 28, 2023, from

  4. Suçluluk Duygusu - "neden Suçluluk Hissederiz?". KA Psikoloji. (2022, December 27). Retrieved February 28, 2023, from

  5. Team, G. T. E. (n.d.). Types of guilt. Therapy for. Retrieved February 28, 2023, from


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