A scientific study found that guilt signals add up to a total of some five hours per week, which is a pretty significant chunk of time. Guilt can be useful in small doses, but it can become something else entirely if it’s unresolved.
4. Feeling guilty can make it difficult to think straight
Studies have shown that concentration, productivity, creativity and efficiency all go down when guilty feelings are competing for your attention. This can affect several areas of your life, not least your work. What’s more is that guilt usually takes precedence over other things you should be thinking about.
6. It can make you punish yourself
Persistent feelings of guilt can actually lead you to punishing yourself in order to ward off said feelings. If you stop eating properly, for instance, this and other forms of self-punishment can end up having serious repercussions on your health.
8. It can lead you to believing that you’ve harmed someone, when you actually haven’t
If it doesn’t take much for you to feel guilty, then you’ll likely end up feeling like you’re impacting others adversely when you actually haven’t at all. This can arise from over-interpretation of people’s disapproval when it’s actually not there, which can lead to constant and unnecessary stress, ultimately impacting your quality of life.
10. It makes you feel heavy
Individuals that are feeling guilty have been shown in studies to assess their weight as being significantly heavier than it actually is, and physical activities also require significantly more effort.
Images by Deposit Photos.