Guilt is an emotion that most people learn during their normal childhood social development. It works like an alarm to let us re-examine our behavior, learn from it and avoid making the same mistake twice. Healthy guilt allows us to learn and move on. When we start obsessing about it with no lesson to learn and no way out of it, then guilt turns to be an unhealthy emotion. Our emotions can influence how we act and think. If we feel bad about ourselves, we usually withdraw from social life and use any excuse to corroborate our feelings. Be skeptical about your feelings of guilt, especially if there is no lesson in it. If this is affecting you, and your social, academic or professional functioning call (314) 714-5227 and start feeling better.