This is a sample from Life Catalyst Curriculum on the subject of Guilt. This is the entire first session. This is from the module on Depression. The slide positions for power point are marked.




We are including guilt in the depression module because depression is largely causation.  It is caused by violations of a man’s ego or a woman’s self-esteem.  It is caused by loneliness.  It is caused by grief.  And it is caused by guilt.  In this course we are looking at guilt.  It is recommended that you begin with the self-help sessions on attitude and desire.  These will serve as a natural lead in to this material.



The first session is really an overview of the whole subject of guilt.

What is guilt?

Guilt is a cognitive or an emotional experience that occurs when a person realizes or believes—accurately or not—that he or she has violated a moral standard, and bears significant responsibility for that violation. It is closely related to the concept of remorse.


It is:

  •  A Feeling of responsibility for negative circumstances that have befallen yourself or others.
  • A Feeling of regret for your real or imagined misdeeds, both past and present.
  • A Sense of remorse for thoughts, feelings or attitudes that were or are negative, uncomplimentary or non-accepting concerning yourself or others.
  •  A Feeling of obligation for not pleasing, not helping or not placating another.
  • A Feeling of bewilderment and lack of balance for not responding to a situation in your typical, stereotype manner.
  • A Feeling of loss and shame for not having done or said something to someone who is no longer available to you.
  •  An Accepting of responsibility for someone else's misfortune or problem because it bothers you to see that person suffer.
  • A Motivator to amend all real or perceived wrongs.
  • A Strong moral sense of right and wrong that inhibits you from choosing a "wrong" course of action; however, you assign your own definitions to the words.
  • A Driving force or mask behind which irrational beliefs hide.