How to deal with guilt: An illustrated guide Exercises to help you cope with negative feelings around guilt (like shame or embarrassment) — and motivate better behavior in the future.

COMIC: How to make peace with your guilty feelings

COMIC: How to make peace with your guilty feelings

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You broke someone's heart. You missed your kid's recital. You weren't there for your mom when she needed you. Guilt can be painful – but it can also be a powerful tool for connection.

Taya Cohen, who researches honesty and moral character at Carnegie Mellon University, and Han Ren, a clinical psychologist based in Austin, Texas, explain how to cope with some of the unhealthy emotions that can come with guilt — and transform it into a positive force.

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