difference between guilt and shame

The Difference Between Guilt and Shame [Video Blog]

Knowing the difference between guilt and shame is an important distinction. It can be a powerful tool in helping you understand these emotions and the influence they can have over you. Guilt and shame can feel similar at the surface but are actually very different.

Watch this video to learn the difference between guilt and shame and learn ways to improve your thinking. In this video blog, you will learn…

  • How Guilt Focuses on Behavior
  • How Shame Focuses on the Person
  • How Guilt and Shame are Managed Differently 
  • How to Explore your Core Beliefs 
  • Creating New and more Positive Core Beliefs

Please share your comments below!

Omar Torres - NYC Therapist

Omar Torres - NYC Therapist

Psychotherapist at myTherapyNYC
Offers individual and couples counseling in NYC. Specializes in depression, anxiety, self-Esteem, LGBTQ, addiction, HIV/AIDS, Trauma, and racial identity
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6 replies
  1. Nikki
    Nikki says:

    I think it’s such an important distinction to make between shame and guilt so thank you for starting this conversation, Omar. It’m can take a lot of work to deconstruct ones core beliefs but it definitely pays off once you get a better understanding of why you’re feeling the way you are. It’s really the only way to combat shame! Great video blog!

  2. Ryan
    Ryan says:

    Great video! It is so important to know that there is a difference between feeling bad about an action and feeling bad about yourself. Changing negative thoughts and core beliefs is a great way to establish better and more positive thought patterns.

  3. Jenny
    Jenny says:

    Learning about the distinction between shame and guilt was a game-changer for me. Thank you Omar for the refresher!

  4. Zach
    Zach says:

    Wonderful video, Omar! Shame is such an important and difficult concept to unpack— and this work is a necessary part of any meaningful therapy.

  5. Richard Cino
    Richard Cino says:

    Thank you for a great segment on guilt and shame! Knowing there are tools to unpack and explore central core negative statements is very empowering for working with others. This clarification is pivatol. Thanks!

  6. James
    James says:

    Great information! I really support your thoughts on how to manage the feelings of shame, as this feeling will often be internalized as negative thoughts about yourself. It is important to have ways to manage things that are often confusing and embarrassing. Nice job Omar!


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