How a Guilty Conscience Works?

We have all felt guilty of something or the other in life, be it for deliberately missing someone’s call, not answering the door bell on a holiday afternoon, lying to your friend, not lending your favourite book to your neighbour, cheating {well, just slightly ;)} on your girlfriend or boyfriend.

A Guilty Conscience Needs No Accuser

Different Ways of Dealing

What amuses me the most is the way each one of us handle the guilt feeling. Some put on an artificial mask of self respect (kindly read ego), some deal with it by lying to one’s own self that they did not do anything wrong or some adopt a lenient attitude towards the self and forgive themselves.

Some find recourse in confiding to people not remotely concerned with the event or the courageous ones confide to whom they have directly or indirectly harmed and ask for forgiveness.

Repercussions & Realisation

There are few people who feel responsible for their acts even if they did something unwarranted as a result of instigation of an external stimuli. Such people deserve respect and by all means a second chance, after all, it is only the realisation that counts after having gone astray.

Realisation of Guilt
As for others, the more tough-nut kinds, the realisation of the guilt starts eating into you only when you face the adverse or to put it lightly, uncomfortable situations and the situation looks at you in the face.

Reasons of Committing

Many a times it is sheer negligence or taking someone for granted that we take the liberty of crossing the fine line and end up feeling guilty of what we should not have done or should have done when there was still time. It does not take much actually to resist the temptation. Let’s have a look what are the other common factors that lead us to feeling guilty of our act or non act.

  • Sometimes it is just a freak slip of morality
  • Dire need, conducive environments
  • Easy availability and the guarantee of confidentiality

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ravish Mani
    Sep 10, 2014 @ 22:19:28

    Right and wrong are relative terms, Torque. What appears wrong to one may be right for others 🙂

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    • Torque Earnest
      Sep 11, 2014 @ 21:11:00

      Absolutely true. I meant one should realise it by own’s self. Howmuchever one denies to accept it upfront, they always know it in their heart. The heart always knows, right? But, of course, that calls for some character & not everyone has it.



  2. Ravish Mani
    Sep 05, 2014 @ 13:30:24

    Sorry dear I couldn’t find your name in any of your social profile. Anyway, an intelligent approach on guilt. In my view, guilt depends for its existence on our recognizing some discrepancy between what we have done and what we think we ought to do.

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    • Torque Earnest
      Sep 09, 2014 @ 14:25:36

      Hello Ravish! The name’s Torque, Torque Earnest 🙂 & I write under a pen name. Though I second your thoughts on guilt I’ll add something to it, it is also the realisation of ‘not’ doing something that leads to guilt. But, the most important point of discussion is the fact that one should feel guilty when they go wrong! Unfortunately, many don’t.



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