These are the types of guilt I’ve learned about over the years. Do any sound familiar? Contact me if you would like the reference for any guilt types.
Alien guilt: because of the privilege and law of procreation, because of Adam’s headship and human solidarity, every human being born of Adam and in Adam is born (or conceived, it begins with the person’s being) in a state and disposition of enmity towards God. . . we cannot separate between the corrupt “nature” of the person and his/her active will (in embryonic form). thus, is born both sinful and immediately guilty.
Anticipated guilt: people will avoid actions they anticipate will make them feel guilty.
Anticipatory guilt: avoidance of transgressing; if an opportunity is neglected, as unwanted outcome will occur that the person could have prevented.
Deontological/Altruistic Guilt: From a psychological and evolutionary viewpoint, guilt is an emotional and cognitive function, characterized by prosocial sentiments, entailing specific moral believes (sic), which can be predominantly driven by inner values (deontological guilt) or by more interpersonal situations (altruistic guilt).
Dobby Effect: when opportunities for compensation are not present, guilt may evoke self-punishment. Self-punishment was demonstrated through self-denied pleasure in a scenario study, and by self-enforced penalties in an experimental study. The authors call this tendency for self- punishment the Dobby Effect, and discuss it as an explanation for the widely held conviction that atonement absolves sins, its contribution to some types of psychopathology, as well as its possible functional relevance.
Emotional/subjective guilt: requires a judgment (in the sense of a belief) that one actually is guilty, a judgment of “objective” guilt of the sort that implies moral responsibility.
Empathy-based guilt: becomes pathogenic when it provokes cognitive errors in understanding causality.
Excessive guilt: reflects a sense of cosmic disproportion between what is and what ought to be; unending remorse about past mistakes.
Existential guilt: reflects a sense of cosmic disproportion between what is and what ought to be; existential guilt is a free-floating, non-specific internal sense, which does not arise from personal failures or misbehavior.
Habitual/Empathic guilt: the feeling of sympathy, with the feeling of sadness also being present but with less weight.
Inequity guilt: perceiving being better off than others.
Inordinate guilt: Someone trying to serve Jehovah God but always thinking about past sins is like a driver who is always looking in his rear-view mirror, putting himself at greater risk of a crash.
Interpersonal guilt: Guilt was positively related to reported dissatisfaction with relationship among friends and in a work or school setting. Guilt was strongly related to such interpersonal variables as loneliness and shyness.
Maladaptive guilt: chronic self-blame and an obsessive rumination over some objectionable or harmful behavior.
Misassigned guilt: when (abuse/trauma) victims blame themselves, introject their oppressors and identify with their abusers.
Moral guilt: one reason for the frequent urge of human beings to accept guilt and responsibility where they have none is a deep-seated need to feel power over their lives, whether by influencing fate or by authoring events. It suggests, in other words, that accepting guilt may, on occasion, be the only way of attributing efficacy to oneself-and, as a corollary, that the pain of guilt may, in such circumstances, be less than the pain of irrelevance.
Neurotic guilt: generally follows the mere thought or fantasy about wrongdoing; If the religious conflict becomes the conscious scene onto which an unconscious psychic conflict has been transposed – as is the case with neurotic guilt – it then becomes necessary to work it out on a specifically psychological level.
Normal/healthy guilt: feeling anxious and disturbed about real and specific wrongful behaviors and the desire to make reparation; violation of personal standards of right and wrong.
Obsessive emotional guilt: serves as a drive that motivates compulsive responses, much as does fear or anxiety;. whether OCD is guilt or anxiety-determined disorder depends on whether the patient’s early history emphasized the evil or the fearful nature of the impulses.
Omnipotent responsibility guilt: This guilt involves an exaggerated sense of responsibility and concern for the happiness and well being of others. Omnipotent responsibility guilt may be seen as an exaggeration of adaptive guilt, which concerns feeling anxious and disturbed about real and specific wrongful behaviors and the desire to make reparation.
Pathological guilt: in pathological guilt the intent, even unconscious, is equated with the deed, and the person reacts to the unconscious intent as if it were an already accomplished misdeed. Often the neurotic person of the obsessive-compulsive type unconsciously considers wrong what he unconsciously wishes to do. They, his endless rituals and gyrations to atone are understandable. They are endless because relief seems never to come.
Reciprocal altruism: Evolutionary biology describes guilt as a component of reciprocal altruism and is selected for in humans to regulate opportunism in service of maintaining social relationships.
Religious guilt: it stifles the very life of faith and, by a surreptitious reemergence of passions that have been disregarded, ultimately alters the fundamental attitudes that govern faith. Even according to religious criteria, an exaggerated sense of guilt represents a distortion.
State guilt: transitory feeling of the moment within situation.
Survivor guilt: a mental condition that occurs when a person perceives himself or herself to have done wrong by surviving a traumatic event;a specific form of empathy-based guilt that tends to become pathogenic when based on a false belief that one’s own success, happiness, or well-being is a source of unhappiness for others, simply by comparison. People with high survivor guilt may falsely believe they are cheaters.
Trait guilt: an acquired disposition to avoid guilt-inducing behaviors.
Transcendental guilt: . . . a moral theory avoiding naïve emotivism yet emphasizing.
Trauma-related guilt: perceived responsibility for causing the event; perceived lack of justification for actions taken; and false beliefs about pre- outcome knowledge/hindsight bias.
TOO MANY! In Buddhism, the word for guilt is remorse. Remorse solicits repentance.