What is Guilt Complex?

What is Guilt Complex? Guilt complex, also known as guilt trip, refers to a psychological state where an individual feels a disproportionate amount of guilt or responsibility for a situation or event, even if they are not directly responsible for it. This can be the result of internalized beliefs or external pressures that make them feel responsible for the emotions or actions of others, or for events beyond their control. Individuals with a guilt complex may constantly blame themselves for things that are not their fault, feel guilty for saying “no” or setting boundaries, and struggle with feelings of self-doubt and low self-worth. They may also feel the need to constantly apologize, seek forgiveness, or make amends for perceived wrongs, even when they have not done anything wrong. A guilt complex can be a sign of underlying mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, or obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Treatment may involve therapy to help the individual identify and challenge their negative thought patterns, as well as developing coping strategies to manage their feelings of guilt and responsibility.

Shervan K Shahhian

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