Guilt says, “You Failed.”

Shame says, “You’re a failure.”

Grace says, “Your failures are forgiven.”



A Sneak Peek into my upcoming book: Release your Obsession with Guilt: Heal from the Inside Out.


Everyone has guilt, but sometimes guilt can be crippling.

Although there are many types of guilt, this blog will focus on four types of guilt: perfectionist guilt, survivor’s guilt, parental guilt and last, regret and remorse.

Sarah, Alex, Laura and Michael all suffer from a guilt blocking their happiness. In time, they learn why they harbor such guilt, why their guilt is crippling and ways to work in balance with grace and dignity.

Included in this discussion there are four anecdotal stories, the first with Sarah and the second with Alex, then Laura, and last Michael.

All four end with positive, upbeat resolutions.

As you read on, you’ll discover the importance of releasing your obsession with guilt in order to heal from the inside out.

Guilt, a Universal Emotion

Guilt, a universal emotion, can become crippling when left unchecked. It festers deep within, hindering our growth and robbing us of the joy of life. Releasing our obsession with guilt is crucial to heal from the inside out. In this blog, we’ll explore four types of crippling guilt and discover how we can work in harmony with grace and dignity to find liberation and peace.

  1. Perfectionist Guilt: Perfectionism can lead to an unattainable pursuit of flawlessness, leaving us feeling guilty for any perceived shortcomings. This type of guilt cripples us by creating unrealistic expectations that sap our self-worth and prevent us from appreciating our progress.

Solution: Embrace progress over perfection. Acknowledge your efforts and celebrate every minor achievement. Focus on personal growth and self-improvement, allowing room for mistakes without self-criticism.

Anecdote 1: Sarah, a perfectionist at work, used to beat herself up over minor errors. After attending a self-compassion workshop, she learned to treat herself kindly. She started celebrating her accomplishments, big or small, and gradually felt a sense of pride in her efforts. Her newfound self-acceptance led to increased productivity and improved work relationships.

  1. Survivor’s Guilt: Survivor’s guilt stems from feeling guilty for surviving a tragedy or traumatic event when others did not. This guilt is especially crippling, as it can lead to emotional distress and self-blame.

Solution: Recognize that survival is not a choice. Seek support from others who have experienced similar feelings and engage in survivor support groups. Channel your empathy and compassion towards helping others or advocating for a cause related to the tragedy.

Anecdote 2: After losing his best friend in a car accident, Alex struggled with survivor’s guilt. He joined a grief support group where he found solace in connecting with others who experienced loss. Together, they organized a memorial event to honor their loved ones, transforming their grief into a powerful tribute of love and remembrance.

  1. Parental Guilt: Parents often feel guilty about not being “perfect” parents or making mistakes that might harm their children emotionally or physically. This guilt can be crippling and undermine a parent’s confidence.

Solution: Recognize that parenting is a journey of growth and learning. Focus on building a strong bond with your child, valuing quality time over perfection. Offer apologies when necessary, demonstrating vulnerability and the value of taking responsibility.

Anecdote 3: Laura used to feel guilty for not being able to spend as much time with her kids because of her demanding job. However, she started making the most of the time they had together, engaging in meaningful activities. She also openly talked to her children about the challenges of balancing work and family, fostering a sense of understanding and empathy.

  1. Regret and Remorse: Regret and remorse can cripple us when we dwell on past mistakes, unable to forgive ourselves for hurting others or making poor choices.

Solution: Practice self-forgiveness and self-compassion. Understand that making mistakes is part of being human. Take responsibility for your actions, make amends where possible, and commit to learning and growing from your experiences.

Anecdote 4: Michael had always regretted losing touch with his childhood friend after a heated argument. Years later, he reached out to apologize, admitting his fault. Though he couldn’t change the past, he took the opportunity to rebuild their friendship. They both felt a sense of closure and rekindled their bond, leading to a stronger, more honest friendship.

   Release Your Obsession with Guilt

Conclusion: Crippling guilt can suffocate our spirit and hinder our growth. Embracing grace and dignity and working towards self-compassion and forgiveness empowers us to liberate our souls from the chains of guilt.

By letting go of our obsession with guilt, we pave the way for healing from within, allowing us to lead more joyful, fulfilling lives. Remember, you are worthy of love, understanding, and growth—release guilt and embrace the beauty of life’s journey.


Do you harbor guilt? If you look deep within, where does your guilt stem from? How is your guilt serving  you?

Please share your thoughts—you are in good company. Simply scroll to the comments box below. I’d love to hear from you, what you have to say is important.

Thank you for being a part of the reading blog forum and spending time with me and my thoughts throughout these pages. I hope my words lit your excitement to become your best self for you. I look forward to sharing my newest book with you on how to release your obsession with your Phone. God bless you… and your journey through this life and all that awaits beyond…

To learn more about recovery from food addiction, eating disorders, weight issues, dieting, aging,  money, and your phone, please check out my Release Your Obsession Series.

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Hugs to you, I care!
Dr. Lisa

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