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What to do when you badly hurt someone and feeling guilty?

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what to do when you badly hurt someone and feeling guilty?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 11 months ago.

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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. There are many different circumstances where others can get hurt, and even if you told the truth and were honest with the other individual, you still have the potential to hurt that person. I would first recommend that you give the person space until things have calmed down. Then try to apologize for hurting the person for whatever reason and how that may not have been your intention. Like I said though if you hurt the person for telling the truth or for doing something right, do not take that away, but instead state that you could have approached it differently. Lastly you cannot force the person to accept your apologize or sincerity, so you just have to do this for you and move forward from there...even if no one forgives you, you know in your heart that you tried to resolve this matter. The guilt will eventually go away, but you have to give it time as there is no trick or technique to make this process move faster. If this guilt has been with you for months or even years than you should consult with a therapist to begin therapy in helping you overcome this issue.

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