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What’s the difference between guilt and shame?

I would like to direct you to this simple article on the difference between guilt and shame.

An excerpt:

You would be better off being friends with a guilt-prone person than a shame-prone person. Trusting someone who is incapable of feeling guilt is a recipe for disaster. For a person to feel shame, they have to be caught; a person who can’t bear the feeling of being disgraced in another person’s eyes isn’t going to be forthcoming with the truth. You might think that shame-prone people would come around faster once they were caught, but you’d be wrong. Guilt is relieved by addressing the problem and asking for forgiveness. Shame makes people withdraw, run away, fly into a rage, or try to change the story. They don’t want to own up to the problem and correct it, because their first priority is pretending it never happened in the first place.

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In just a few paragraphs, it perfectly illustrates the underlying problem of Jordan.

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1 Comment

  1. Salma

    YES! And Egypt. And the Middle East/Arabs in general.

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