feeling(s) of guilt for not being content because another person (known or unknown) may:
- love to be in your situation; or
- are in a worse situation than you.
Examples of comparative guilt in a sentence:
- Parents sometimes use comparative guilt and say, “there are starving children in Africa,” to force their children to eat vegetables.
- Mary’s thoughts are influenced by comparative guilt when she thinks she does not have a right to be depressed because she comes from an affluent family.
- Saying, “there are people who have it worse” is a platitude encouraging comparative guilt.
Examples of comparative guilt in conversation:
- “You are beautiful, what do you have to be upset about?”
- “There are hundred of people who would love to have that job.” (To someone who is not satisfied with their career.)
- “Other people have it worse.”
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