Who ate my chocolates – is it you? Or is it I? What is the difference between stealing R1 and stealing R5 million? If you arrive home after shopping for groceries and you discover that the teller has missed billing you for an item on your list, do you drive back to the store to return the item or do you keep it and ease your mind with “it is too far to drive back there”, or “this is my lucky day”, or “I pay enough tax in this country, so I deserve to get an item for free”? For many people, the above may seem trivial and irrelevant to think about in the moment. However, days, weeks, or even months later, a nagging feeling may develop and thoughts around the event emerge unexpectedly – like the little cart slowly pulling itself upward on the rails of the tower before it makes the daunting fall downward – like into the Tower of Darkness! Suddenly the stroke of luck does not seem so lucky anymore. Confessions of eating the chocolates (maybe more than I should have) flood my mind constantly. Then the immense feeling of guilt takes over. What then seemed to be an insignificant experience of luck, pleasure, or satisfaction, now turns into a downward trip of guilt into the Tower of Darkness.
The following learning material will enable you to gain a better perspective on guilt and what the different kinds of guilt are, as well as how to manage the different aspects related to guilt.