Comparative Guilt

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comparative guilt


feeling(s) of guilt for not being content because another person (known or unknown) may:

  1. love to be in your situation; or
  2. 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.”

Examples of comparative guilt on social media:

While “well-intentioned” whoever wrote this does not know what self love is, this quote is actually counter productive and the antithesis of self love.

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