Tag Archives: guilt

The Thin Person’s Mindset

I’m going to talk about obesity, and I have no intention of oversimplifying such a complicated issue. What I propose is radically inverting the way we think about it. Instead of focusing so much on overweight people and their habits, we should pay attention to the way thinner people live. Thin people have no idea… Continue lendo »

Cruelty

Cruelty is possibly best defined as an action that will deliberately bring harm others. The perpetrator is aware that what they are doing is wrong and that it will cause pain, yet they do it anyway. Aggressive reactions are not necessarily cruel: we all can, at some point, either have or suffer from one, as… Continue lendo »

Understanding the Dynamics of Guilt

Guilt is an internal brake that originates from an ability we develop between the ages of 6 and 7, of putting ourselves in someone else’s place and imagining how they feel. Once we realize they are struggling, and we believe we caused their pain, it makes us sad; we feel the same unhappiness we imagine… Continue lendo »

Fear, Guilt and Shame

I always use a controversial analogy to try to explain the human condition: we’re monkey-like mammals with a sophisticated computer installed in our brains. We don’t really know how to use the computer or how it works. We’ve evolved, but still have a ways to go. Human beings are mammals, with multiple desires. The main… Continue lendo »