Episode summary


In this episode of "On Purpose with Jay Shetty," Jay Shetty explores the topic of guilt and shame and provides practical steps for overcoming guilt. He begins by introducing the importance of addressing guilt and shame, acknowledging that many people struggle with these emotions. He explains the difference between shame and guilt, drawing on the work of Brené Brown. According to Brown, shame is the belief that "I am bad," while guilt is the recognition that "I did something bad" [41-50].

Jay Shetty then delves into the different types of guilt that people experience. He references research that ranks the most common reasons people feel guilty, such as telling lies, not spending enough time with family, and misbehavior towards others [63-101]. He emphasizes that feeling guilt is reflective and introspective, and it shows that individuals care and are willing to question themselves [261-267].

To overcome guilt, Jay Shetty provides practical steps. He suggests reflecting on past mistakes and taking responsibility for them while recognizing that everyone makes mistakes and has experienced failure [175-202]. He also encourages acknowledging the impact of one's actions on others and taking steps to make amends if possible [188-198]. Additionally, he advises shifting the focus from guilt to creating a better future and recognizing the priorities that led to past choices [310-323]. Jay Shetty also addresses guilt related to privilege and survival, highlighting the importance of sharing and helping others through philanthropy and personal growth [372-386].

Throughout the episode, Jay Shetty emphasizes the value of therapy and seeking support, highlighting the role it can play in healing and growth [325-330]. He concludes the episode by encouraging listeners to leave reviews and share the episode, and he transitions to The Daily J segment, where he discusses the concept of equanimity and guides a meditation practice to cultivate it [411-468]. Jay Shetty concludes the episode by encouraging listeners to embrace equanimity and offering questions for reflection [466-488].

Episode description

Have you ever been caught in the intricate web of guilt and shame, unable to discern their differences and the profound impact they can have on our lives?

It is in the embrace of these complexities that we embark on a journey of self-discovery, unraveling the layers of guilt and shame to illuminate the path towards growth.

In this episode, we shall delve into the depths of guilt, examining its many forms and manifestations. 

Whether it's the persistent burden of past mistakes, the impact of our actions on those around us, the guilt that stems from unmet expectations and commitments, or the often overlooked sensation of privilege guilt, there are ways to overcome these emotions. 

As we go through the different types, we shall emerge with newfound insights and perspectives, better equipped to navigate these complex emotions. Through understanding, reflection, and conscious action, we shall rise above guilt's shadows and embrace the light of self-forgiveness, empowerment, and transformation. 

In this episode you'll learn:

The difference between guilt and shame

The different types of guilt

How to deal with the emotional burdens of guilt

How to grow from getting stuck in the past

This is a journey of emotional growth, healing, and attaining inner peace that you wouldn’t want to miss.

With Love and Gratitude,

Jay Shetty

Episode segments

Let’s understand the difference between shame and guilt and how to define them
What are the different types of guilt we experience in life?
The five types of guilt and how you can grow out of it
Type #1: Do you often think of a past mistake and still feel guilty about it?
Type #2: You feel guilty when someone tells you how your action made them feel bad
Type #3: The guilt of not making time for others or letting someone else down
Type #4: The guilt of not having pain, of having privilege, or having safety and security
Type #5: The survival guilt, that guilty feeling when you’ve gotten through something difficult when others didn’t

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