The word Guilt indicates towards a feeling that people typically experience after doing something that is not institutionally correct or permissible, the activity can be intentional as well as accidental. A person’s sense of guilt is generally related to the moral code of the person.
Guilt is not always bad. Sometimes guilt even proves to be productive. For instance, feeling bad after committing something that is not morally correct can result in a change. The changes can include an apologetic behaviour or a decision regarding making different choices in the similar situation in the future. A “guilty pleasure” is used to describe something that is harmless, here a person enjoys the feeling even if they are aware that they shouldn’t have done the deed or are embarrassed about their decision or tastes.
But guilt is most of the unhelpful and derogatory. It often results in manifestation of physical symptoms, besides decreased self-esteem, self-doubt, and shame. It is quite difficult to overcome these intense feelings, without clinician’s help.