Guilt Psychosomatics

Feelings of guilt

Feelings of guilt, which a person experiences constantly, is seen as a consequence of disorders of nervous activity. Such conditions require in-depth study by specialists and, if necessary, treatment.

Feeling of guilt

A feeling of guilt or guilt over an action or word is often one of the leading indicators of an underlying neurological disorder. There are a number of diagnostic criteria which give the doctor the main information about whether a person is sick or not. And if ill, with what and how to properly conduct therapy.

Most often, this symptomatology is included in the context of borderline disorders, and a series of psychotherapy procedures is enough to make the feeling of guilt leave the person for good. However, there are also more difficult nervous disorders in which more active and more prolonged therapy is required.

Frequent complaints in the experience of guilt

Feeling of guilt is a negatively colored feeling, the object of which is some action of the person that seems to cause negative consequences. If the consequences have a negative impact only on the person himself or herself, then there is a feeling of annoyance, but not guilt.

Induced guilt is a favorite weapon of manipulators. Guilt is the thread by which manipulators pull and control a person.

Feeling guilty reflects a high responsibility for what is happening to you and to the people around you, the world. Being responsible means being able to take responsibility for the consequences of all your decisions, your actions, your words, and your reactions.

A person’s normal measure, or area of responsibility can only extend to those actions in which he or she has been directly involved. This means that we are not responsible for external events that directly affect us, such as what others do or say to us. We should not be responsible for a car accident or a fire in our home if we were not involved in it in word or deed, but we are clearly responsible for our reaction to those events.

Painful guilt. Sometimes, due to a disturbance in the biological processes of the brain, a person, under various pretexts, may transform, expand his area of responsibility and believe that he himself is to blame for much of what happens around him. Sometimes the person’s area of responsibility expands so much, that he may consider that everything that happens in the world, often bad, he is responsible for it and he is to blame for what is happening, feeling a sense of guilt. In the same way, a person may consider himself to be at fault for not reacting enough to the events that are happening. When, after a long and agonizing torment of experiencing guilt, some unpleasantness happens to a person, he begins to ask: “Why am I being punished?” and not infrequently comes to the conclusion that much or even everything is his own fault. This feeling of self-blame can be transformed into a chronic condition, which determines its painful nature.

An example of the feeling of guilt

Patient: Male, 26 years old, unmarried, employed, lives alone. Used drugs at school for two years, now does not use drugs. Rarely uses alcohol (on holidays) and attends a sports club. He consulted a psychiatrist, psychotherapist (doctor-psychotherapist) after preliminary consultation on the Internet forum. He described his complaints this way:

“I constantly have a feeling of guilt, even if I am not guilty of anything. It arises because of the smallest things. It all began at school, after I smoked spice with friends. Then I felt a terrible fear and guilt for what I was doing. After that I never used anything like that again. The fear gradually went away, but the guilt is still there. For example, I recently had a fight with my mother, and I know that she was wrong, but I still think about what I did wrong, and I think about it all the time. I am also ashamed in front of my wife for my parents. I answer someone’s question jokingly, then I get hung up on the fact that I could have offended the person somehow. I realize with my head that it is nonsense, but I can not stop, I go crazy all day long, my head begins to hurt because of my nerves. I end up apologizing for nothing. I’m fed up with everybody. Or I remember how I hurt someone in the past, and he does not know about it, or knows about it, and then I wind myself up again. How do I get rid of this constant feeling of guilt? I am soberly aware that this neurosis has nothing to do with anything. But I can’t do anything about it. I’m always scrolling through my head, I live like a vegetable now, hardly developing because it’s not me living life, but my negative thoughts and prejudices. I am always haunted by guilt and uncertainty, scrolling through a bunch of options for how a person might react. I don’t pay attention to my feelings, I hide them somewhere in the depths, or maybe they have already disappeared altogether. I barely communicate with anyone, and if I do, it is very stupid and stilted. I understand that I need to change something in myself and start thinking differently, it is impossible to live this way.

Psychotherapist’s comment

Groundless feeling of guilt can be formed for various reasons of the brain dysfunctions. Considering this case, it is possible to compare facts from his biography and to draw a conclusion. The man in his adolescence used drugs, which caused violation of the biological processes of the brain, resulting in a mental disorder, which manifested itself in the form of gratuitous feelings of guilt.

The patient underwent complex therapy with a psychotherapist for a year. The following was prescribed: neurometabolic therapy, psychotherapy, diet, daily regime. Treatment was chosen individually and therapy was constantly being adjusted depending on the patient’s condition. After full course of therapy, the patient no longer felt groundless guilt, and his general condition improved, his social status increased. For five years, this patient did not seek help from us.

Guilt in Psychology

According to psychologists, guilt is a destructive emotion that inhibits personal development, paralyzes fear, and is characteristic of spiritually immature people. But, fortunately, this is far from being the case. The painful feeling of guilt that you yourself are to blame for many things can develop for other reasons that are not related to spiritual immaturity and do not speak to the poverty of the soul, although personality development, like any other mental disorder, naturally greatly inhibits personal development. This is due to the fact that the person begins to focus on his own problems, his potential begins to be used on trying to find a way out of this mental condition. But since mental disorder is not manageable by one’s own will, this potential is wasted, which not only worsens the quality of a person’s life, but also impoverishes him spiritually (psychologically).

The feeling that you yourself are largely to blame can be formed due to the development of various mental disorders, which can be treated with complex methods by a psychiatrist, psychotherapist (psychotherapist doctor). Feeling of guilt, without any real grounds for it and/or constant concentration on the acts that can really cause this feeling, but to a greater extent, from the act itself, can occur in the context of a variety of mental disorders, ranging from light neurotic conditions to severe organic brain damage, when already requires the connection of a neurologist to the treatment.

As a rule, the painful feeling of self-blame, which is always present in a person, or often appears without a reason, indicates the presence of a mental disorder, which should be accurately diagnosed by establishing a full and accurate diagnosis. On this basis, the psychotherapist individually selects and carries out adequate comprehensive therapy, the results of which the patient expects. Therefore, for the psychotherapist, when making a complete diagnosis of higher nervous activity, it is important to establish the presence or absence of guilt in the patient and its degree, as this affects the correctness of the conclusions, respectively the effectiveness of the treatment carried out.

Eating Yourself Up: The Psychosomatics of Guilt

Have you ever come across cases when a person is constantly sick, feeling unwell, while doctors conscientiously conduct the necessary tests, make various appointments and throw up their hands: physically everything is fine! Yes, there may be minor problems with digestion, appetite, sleep, reduced immunity, but in today’s lifestyle and ecology who doesn’t have such problems?

In such a situation there are several solutions: to give up and continue to be ill in silence, or, much worse, tired of the problems, a person turns to fortune tellers or clairvoyants. They see a “birth spoilage” or something similar. And everything goes so well, so smoothly: so that’s what it is! Of course it’s a spoilage, and all one has to pay is a million dollars to make the problems go away once and for all. Mystical feelings, superimposed on long-term complexes with a prevailing sense of guilt, at best empty the wallet, at worst they can lead to a nervous breakdown. And in cases where a person gets sick a lot, but no somatic causes are found, there is a 99% chance that it is this feeling of guilt that causes these problems.

Guilt is one of the deepest feelings and one of the most complex complex complexes that can guide a person. In simple terms, it is an unconscious, semi-conscious or conscious feeling of guilt that arises in certain situations or when certain actions are taken. This feeling prompts a person to act not consciously, according to his own will or in his own interest, but oriented by this feeling: I should not go to the movies with a guy I like because my mother will stay home alone. Feelings of guilt can be embedded from childhood with the wrong upbringing. But it can also “take root” at any time in life, most often after great stress. A toxic environment can also influence it. For example, good and decent people are very easy to instill a sense of guilt literally on a level playing field. So the bad friend gradually begins to “ride” on the good one: “You know I have a child, I have no money”, “Oh, what a dress you have, I wish I could afford it”, “Will you go to me, please buy (then comes a list of 15 items), you do not have to” (money, of course, no one offers). In this case, the good friend sincerely feels guilty that she can afford to dress well and rest, and tries to “compensate” the bad friend of her misfortune.

Generally the mechanism of guilt and psychosomatics of its manifestation has a huge number of factors that influence the severity of the problem: – time of “taking root”; – lability of the human psyche; – toxicity of the environment (people who were raised since childhood on the principle “If you don’t do something, mom will get upset, get sick and die); – constancy of the impact; – possibility of release from the toxic environment; – consciousness of the feeling. When a person cannot cope with feelings of guilt, independently work through the problem stories according to the scheme “What happened, I did this, I did that. I did everything right/I did something wrong, but I’ve accounted for my mistakes and I won’t do it again in the future,” guilt is embedded on all levels, from the conscious to the unconscious. And from this point the triumph of guilt in psychosomatics begins.

The psychosomatics of guilt is very diverse. Depending on how a person experiences his guilt, it takes different forms. The most common ones are: – reduced immunity and subsequent frequent colds; – cardiovascular diseases; – migraines and headaches; – digestive system disorders; – skin problems (eczema, dermatitis, irritation), also hair and nails can deteriorate; – sharp weight loss or gain without lifestyle changes; – hormonal disorders; – infertility, impotence in men, reduced libido in both sexes. Although it cannot be called psychosomatic directly, the feeling of guilt provokes increased alcohol tolerance which, in its turn, provokes increased guilt which requires quenching by alcohol.

In especially severe cases, psychosomatic guilt takes fatal forms. For example, a person lost a relative due to illness. Most people consider themselves to be guilty in such situations, even if they obviously had nothing to do with it: they did not look after them, they did not find a doctor, they did not take care of them. If the feeling of loss and the accompanying guilt is too strong, the person begins to “devour” themselves. And this can lead to the development of more serious diseases: stroke, heart attack, cancer. The human brain can be fooled by the “placebo effect”, but the “anti-placebo” works just as effectively. Therefore, it is quite real to program oneself for a fatal disease.

It is impossible to block only part of this mechanism. If the feeling of guilt is present, but a person tries to eliminate only psychosomatic manifestations, not working with the root of the problem, the effect will be short-lived and will not help to restore even partially the lost health. Psychosomatic manifestations of guilt mean that the problem has gone too far. Under no circumstances should you turn to “folk remedies” or, as already mentioned, go to fortune-tellers and healers. Lack of help from qualified specialists can lead to a hospital bed, and perhaps it will be a psychiatric hospital. Do not delay if you feel constant discomfort that doctors can not explain. A proven effect in the treatment of psychosomatic manifestations of guilt is given by the Painhunting methodology. Its essence is expressed in the name. The task of the specialist is to “catch” the pain of the person who approached him or her and destroy it. At the same time, the specialist does not work with a set of symptoms – he works with the root of the problem. Other psychological techniques can block traumatic memories, slowing down the development of the illness, but not stopping it. “Painhunting” extracts the root of the problem and promotes healing of the wound.

Let’s simulate this situation: A child has stolen a candy bar from the store. The mother fakes a heart attack for educational purposes (“What have you driven the mother to!”). The educational effect is achieved; the child never takes anything that does not belong to him again. He may even have forgotten the fear he had when he thought his mother was dying because of him. But here’s the surprise, he’s terribly allergic to chocolate. It happens, doctors prescribe pills and recommend not eating chocolate. However, the situation worsens and allergic reactions occur even if the child, now an adult, accidentally eats a crumb of sweet or even just walks into a candy store.

With the “Paynehanting” method, the problem is worked through as deeply as possible, down to the most traumatic memories. Already after the first session, the person feels better, and most importantly, gains confidence that his problem is solvable, and by a scientific method. In general, with the help of “Paynehunting” some problems can be solved literally in one session, or one can find his own way out of a difficult situation. The psychosomatic manifestation of guilt requires more involvement, but at the same time there are no “pieces” of traumatic memories, toxic upbringing or other problems that can, like a stuck shard, either sit for a long time without a reminder of themselves, or start to stir, creating new problems.

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