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I Often Feel Inappropriate Guilt

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    Always Feel Bad About Something

    I always seem to feel bad about something in my life, whether it is still living with my parents while being unemployed, or other matters. One time, I went so far as to starve myself because I felt that bad I was taking my parents money still to live. That didn't work out very...
    CAnonymous CAnonymous 22-25, F Jul 30, 2011

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    I Didn't Make The Mess!

    My grandfather is blind now and my grandmother isn't well. Their house is a mess because they haven't been able to clean in a long while so they've asked me to clean for them. I said of course, I have no problem cleaning and I'm happy to help. But when I'm at their house I feel...
    flowersareweeds flowersareweeds 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 20, 2010

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    Have Since I Was a Kid

     I've always had an overbearing conscience. I remember once when I was a kid, I actually called my mom to confess I had just eaten two sugar cubes. She just laughed and was relatively unsurprised at the phone call. I'd often apologize to a friend for some trivial thing days...
    Jenniedvm Jenniedvm 18-21, F Dec 9, 2008

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    Simply For Being Me.....

    I have never been at peace with myself but then having confidence has never been promoted in my upbringing. I was always told that I was stupid, lacked common sense and that I cried over ridiculous things. As I got older, I was berated for my body shape, lack of chest, my...
    Jenni855 Jenni855 26-30, F 7 Responses Apr 8, 2012

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    Just Thinking About It!

    My gut says I should do this thing.  But I gave my word to do something else. My dilemma is should I do what I think the person (who is dead, by the way) wanted me to do or should I keep my word? Either way I feel guilty for just thinking about it - betray the dead person...
    NebulaNoxx NebulaNoxx 51-55, F 2 Responses May 8, 2008

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    Why Should I Feel Guilty?

    Someone called off work today for the next shift.  I was asked to stay 2 hours over.  I said no.  Then I sat there feeling extremely guilty.  Know that I don't have s boss or supervisor on the weekends or most nights to be truthful, so this all takes place on...
    darlene darlene 41-45, F 2 Responses Feb 1, 2009

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    Guilt Is There In Everything I Do

    I feel guilt about everything. I feel the pressures of all the "should haves", "should-not-haves". Whatever it is, I am sure I feel guilty about it. I feel guilty that I'm in pain and need pain medications.  I feel guilty that I'm taking some time to...
    infinitedreamer infinitedreamer 26-30, F 1 Response Dec 17, 2008

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    Just An Example...

    I still feel guilty concerning my parents' christmas presents...  Between my sister and I, did we get them enough?  Was the value of their presents equal?  I can picture letting them down in some way but only in my head... maybe I misphrased that...  I just worry and feel...
    DeepestSecret DeepestSecret 22-25, F Jan 9, 2011

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    My Son

    Today my son had his first Speech Therapy session. The therapist is wonderful - experienced with autistic children, relaxed, fun. It took a few gos, but she engaged Simon exceptionally well, considering she was a total stranger. I'm very happy that we can see her. I'm sure if...
    EternallyHopeful EternallyHopeful 31-35, F 13 Responses Feb 17, 2011

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    As Do So Many Others...

    ...I feel the guilt of what my rapists did to me. All however many of them. 10 I think, if you count the 2 that I don't even know their names, which I usually don't because I'm in denial of that day. So ya, I probably shouldn't feel guilty about that. But I do.
    jellybean93 jellybean93 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 1, 2013

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    Probably Not Quite What The Creator Of This Group Meant...

    Inappropriate guilt. Ah, yes... I don't know if what I get most often would be classified as "inappropriate" or just plain crazy. But, I have a very very difficult time giving away toys (such as my son's toys in his toy box when he out grows them, or plushies). Even if I'm not...
    Elwing Elwing 31-35, F 2 Responses Feb 17, 2010

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    I Wish I Didnt

    I wish i didnt but i do.This makes it hard for Me to be around other people any time they are upset.I feel likes its my fault even if i know with out a doubt that ive done nothing wrong.After a realy tough time a few years ago and finding out i have Major Depressive Disorder,i...
    The1960texan The1960texan 51-55, M Sep 4, 2012

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    My brother survived a brutal kidnapping

    and I feel like he's coped with it better than I have. I feel guilt that I was relieved it didn't happen to me. I feel guilt because I always thought he deserved better than me, and it would've been better if it had happened to me. I feel guilt because I would never be able to...
    lauren71 lauren71 41-45, F Jan 29

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    Our Parents Raise Us In Guilt Trips

    well my parents raised in guilt trips , saying things like u should feel guiltly for not taking ur niese with you on your trip. they never get to go any where , i'll pay  thier way take them with u . then when u do take sis with she would reather be any where then with u...
    lunnas lunnas 41-45, F 3 Responses Dec 3, 2008

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    Who I Am Now, And Who I Want To Be Soon.

    I want to get out there and experience stuff in the world. I want to get into trouble and be in danger, make friends and enemies. I feel so shackled by unplaced fear and unease all the time its so stupid and pointless. I sometimes picture the type of person I want to be, or...
    SeekingSerendipity SeekingSerendipity 18-21, F Dec 11, 2012

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    Carring Guilt Around Can Only Hurt You. How Does Holding Onto Guilt Help??

    My pain and guilt....Guilt has taken me a long time to deal with. I said something many years ago after my father passed. My sister & her family were living in his house to take care of him. She called one day after he passed crying that the bank called and they wanted the...
    Loveisallaround Loveisallaround 46-50, F 3 Responses May 2, 2011

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    Where to Begin?

    I feel guilty about many things that I suppose shouldn't cause guilt but do. I am not sure what this means about me as a person. Perhaps I expect too much of myself? But isn't that a bit egotistical - thinking I am responsible for things I can't control? At the moment I feel...
    WyldHoney WyldHoney 31-35, F 8 Responses May 4, 2008

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    Don't Know Why

    I can feel guilty for no reason at all,I can just be going about my day then suddenly start to feel guilty.  Some might say this stems from a guilty conscience but I don't think that is the case.  I really haven't done anything to be truly guilty for years.  But...
    darlene darlene 41-45, F 1 Response Jun 24, 2008

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    I am in college and I am diagnosed with adhd and also I have been taught how to make and maintain friends by my counsellor last week. So I have made a few friends in the past week...
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    I often feel so embarrassed about the things I think about and the way I feel. I wish I had someone to talk to about it honestly. I am shy about it I guess.
    Cayboy Cayboy 18-21, M Sep 1

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    I often feel like an outsider. I keep to myself and not much a talker. At work, at my friend's place or where ever I go. I'm too shy.
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    I often feel like an outsider. Give you several reasons. I'm quiet, shy, I love cats, & I don't talk much. Avoid confrontations with insensitive angry people as possible. I'm a...
    DiscoNight1970s DiscoNight1970s 46-50, F 1 Response 3 days ago

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    I’m straight out of college and just got a job as a full time receptionist at busy medical office. My hours are scattered and span 6-days a week; one day I’ll work a 10 hr...
    scarletv scarletv 22-25, F 1 Response 10 hrs ago

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    Some days ago, while I was studying Italian, my mom noticed and told me to do something useful like to study for IELTS (an English exam). I asked my dad to break open the box...
    BridaPaulo BridaPaulo 22-25, F Aug 23

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    Doctors have always told me I had slim to no chance of ever getting pregnant, but as I have recently realized doctors are not always right. In April-May of 2013 I had an extreme...
    hhgarfeildd hhgarfeildd 22-25, F 3 days ago

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    I sometimes think that life is just a dream. Seriously. I feel like I could be just another spot of nothing in the universe, if it even exists. And those thoughts turn into more...
    mournwiththemoonandthestars mournwiththemoonandthestars 13-15, F 1 Response Aug 19

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    When I was a kid it was hard for me to make friends. My parents really didn't let me do anything, and when I did have friends over they were so strict on me and my friends that no...
    Thatonegirl53 Thatonegirl53 18-21, F Sep 1

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    As if I have no legs and the lawn needs mowing. And there are three people in the home that could mow it but won't, leaving my legless body to stew and my brain to feel frustrated...
    jeresey jeresey 56-60, F 4 Responses Sep 8

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    Life can beyond overwhelming. The pressures of being perfect, in an imperfect world. The expectations of those you love, and want to make happy. The expectations of those in which...
    ThoughtFulMoments ThoughtFulMoments 36-40, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    More like all the time and its weird. Im used to feel used
    IrwinsScars IrwinsScars 13-15, F Aug 25

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    I don't find it fair that my boyfriend gets upset when I go out but when he goes out I am completely okay with it. I guess he's scared I will cheat on him, because I'm assuming...
    KrisMiss KrisMiss 22-25, F Aug 24

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    This is true actually. Mostly in my social group of friends which i have but probably because i am different to them. Sometimes i get irritates at my friends and society and how...
    oxzymoron oxzymoron 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 25

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    Yup people try to walk THROUGH me!!!!
    MatildaBlack MatildaBlack 13-15, F 1 Response Sep 1

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    Sad!!! Need to sleep, but i cant!!!
    Erjohn Erjohn 16-17, M a week ago

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    I feel like I'm the only EP member who has ever done anything bad that's really worth feeling guilty for. I said things to my older sister that I shouldn't have. My sister was...
    AlpineBeast AlpineBeast 16-17, F 1 Response Aug 31

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    We're young, we've only been married for 3 years, but we had been together for 10. No kids. I was very sure of my decision before I told him, he's got a lot of mental health...
    shaoshao shaoshao 26-30, F 1 Response Sep 3

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    Around 7 months ago I hurt someone in a very bad way and I mean seriously bad. I hurt him and I was denied the chance to apologise to him, regardless whether he forgave me or not...
    GirlWithTheRedHair2013 GirlWithTheRedHair2013 16-17, F Aug 24

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    I have hurt my girlfriend before with a selfish, greedy deed and I feel so guilty. She has forgiven me and I never want to do it again. Thanks for giving me another chance, love. I...
    Iancharles Iancharles 18-21, M Aug 27

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    I'm feeling sad, guilty, lonely, bored, alone, don't know what to do with myself. About a month ago, my now ex boyfriend choked me. He choked me to the point where I couldn't...
    AlissaMaeAnn AlissaMaeAnn 26-30, F 4 Responses Aug 18

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    I broke up with my girlfriend tonight. She was begging me to stay and crying. When the suicide threats started rolling in, I left. I called her cousin and asked her to come here...
    Ag0405 Ag0405 22-25, F Aug 22

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    it is that transgendered differentness as there are so few of us, allthough I have straight allies, you so very often feel all alone
    christinemelody christinemelody 56-60, T 2 Responses Aug 21

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    I often feel like I'm on the outside of my friend group
    CaptainBenza CaptainBenza 18-21, M 2 Responses Aug 23

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    My wife used to be HOT but after 10 years and two children, she is the exact opposite of HOT. She's gained nearly a 100lbs and I don't find her remotely attractive. I feel guilty...
    TorturedwithGuilt TorturedwithGuilt 31-35, M 8 Responses 17 hrs ago

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    I love my boyfriend, and recently, I had an experience with him that I've never had before. He makes me feel things I've never felt, and I wish everyone in the world could...
    savakora savakora 16-17 Sep 2

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    For the past two weeks, I don’t think I’ve dreamed once-or if I have, I don’t remember it. That probably doesn’t seem all that significant… Except for me. It’s made...
    Sarahbellas Sarahbellas 26-30, F 3 Responses Aug 30

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    I have been married for 10 years, together for 14. My husband and I have two children together. Almost our entire relationship he has worked two jobs, almost never home and even...
    dragonflydreams dragonflydreams 26-30, F 1 Response Aug 27

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    Pushing People Away.Why do we push people away when it is against our nature as social creatures to do this? No one really prefers to be alone deep down yet at times we isolate...
    angelicsmiles angelicsmiles 31-35, F 4 Responses Sep 9

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    Im always laughing about my own thoughts, often in a really loud way and in places i really shouldn't laugh, most often during lines :)
    SakuraiTomoki SakuraiTomoki 22-25, M 2 Responses 6 days ago

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    If i get pushed too far, ill often deadpan for a few seconds then laugh like a mental patient.
    thetalkingmushroom thetalkingmushroom 18-21, M 3 Responses 6 days ago

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