Making a trip involves getting from one place to another — bus trips, road trips, holiday trips, or simply making a trip to the nearby store. In the events that happen on these trips, experience tells us something about our actions during our interactions with these events. We may sometimes be held responsible for the events that happened, that requires us to feel that we ought to make it up in some way. These events, in such a way, have put us somehow on a guilt trip.
It could be what others have pointed out about our actions causing harm, creating some sort of harm or inconvenience to others; expectations are upon us to make good, to make the situation better, to make the other person feel better. It could have been something that was said, that was done, left unsaid or left undone. Upon reflecting, analyzing, wondering if our actions have indeed caused harm, emotions probably arise to convince us whether we are guilty of being the cause. In turn, these feelings motivate us to do something to ease that feeling of guilt.
Conscience may be the driver in our car on guilt trips, questioning, reminding and even nagging us on whether it is right to leave things as is and to walk away. The sense of something on our conscience is not always comfortable, and if left unsettled, that event may live somewhere in our minds, resting heavily on our conscience, surfacing to tell us again about what we could have done or avoided. The weight on our conscience hampers and bundles us in awkwardness, especially on the next time on a similar encounter.
Avoiding the encounter at all costs may help to ease some discomfort, but do we feel bothered about possibly experiencing that awkward sense of guilt, such that we feel ashamed to face ourselves? Some symptoms of guilt include:
- Self-criticism, self-punishment, self-harm
- Distancing, isolation from the person or event
- Unwillingness to participate in fun activities
- Constantly worried or anxious about how others might feel
- Sensitivity to disapprovals and opinions of others
- Low self-confidence
In the long run, guilt can wear down our ability to experience simple enjoyments in life. Hypnotherapy can help to release you from guilt, so that you can move on. Contact us for a free consultation today.