Guilt and its handmaiden, shame, can paralyze us––or catalyze us into action. Appropriate guilt can function as social glue, spurring one to make reparations for wrongs. Excessive rumination about one's failures, however, is a surefire recipe for resentment and depression.
Shame, guilt, and self-loathing can stop you in your tracks. And overthinking your actions and failures will only fuel the negative thinking. So take the opposite approach, mobilize yourself to correct what went wrong, and then, please, move on. Cover Image: Altanaka/Shutterstock