ERIC Number: ED040429
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Guilt Feelings and Mental Health.
Moses, Harold A.
After initially defining both mental health and guilt feelings, the author examined their relationship, primarily from the perspective of the crippling effects of unwarranted feelings of guilt. Admitting the varied pressures of modern society, he nevertheless believes it is the individual's fault when he fails to glean as much from lif e as he deserves, and it is his responsibility to do something about it. The rather innocuous events and happenings which gradually but surely erode our feelings of confidence and self-worth and make people the way they are, are considered: (1) the home; (2) churches; (3) schools; (4) marriage; (5) occupations; and (6) advertising. All are offenders against mental health and the sources of unfounded guilt feelings. The paper concludes with a brief listing of what people can do about this major mental health problem. Suggestions include: (1) deciding that one has control over his behavior; (2) accepting oneself as less than perfect; (3) having fun; (4) developing a mutual confidential relationship with someone; and (5) setting realistic personal goals. (TL)
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Authoring Institution: American Personnel and Guidance Association, Washington, DC.; Illinois Univ., Urbana.
Note: Paper presented at the American Personnel and Guidance Association Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 22-26, 1970