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Do People Really Feel Bad About What they Do Wrong?

I have asked myself this question over and over again. Sometimes in my life, I wonder if any of them have conviction in their hearts and minds. Do they feel emotions at all? Or are their minds so blocked that they can’t even see the wrong they are doing and keep blaming everyone else around them? I wonder why people feel the need to justify the wrong they have done. I can remember, even as a child, many adults did wrong to me, lied, and said things that were wrong that other children were doing, and I still apologized. I have constantly been the person who has apologized. If someone comes to me and tells me I did something wrong to them, I apologize. I don’t take responsibility for the wrong that I have done. So I wonder to myself why so many people are wrong and just don’t apologize or acknowledge the wrong they have done. Is it so hard for them to just simply see the wrong they have done? I believe that some people have a power trip and it makes them feel better about themselves. I wonder if people just keep believing the lies that they see and only keep yes-men around them. For most of my life, I have had to tell them what they have done wrong to me and even in their silly apology, it is stated “I’m sorry you felt that way” and they still make it out like they were the victim. I think a few people do like to see themselves as victims instead of the truth. The truth of just being able to say sorry and truly trying to change how they are. I give credit to people who apologize and do everything in their power to change and not make the same mistakes, but for people who run away from their problems and make others the cause of them, it’s hard to respect them. I think to myself, is it just the world we live in, or are people just becoming more selfish, rude, and self-centered? I publicly say I’m sorry and apologize to all those whom I have hurt, offended, and caused pain. I hope that I learn from these lessons and do not make the same mistakes. I hope others will be able to do the same.

Do You believe people feel bad about the wrong they have done to you?

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  1. It is a hard thing dealing with someone/s when they do not acknowledge their wrong or make excuses for them. I genuinely appreciate your candid thoughts and honest insights on this topic and whole heartedly agree with you. I am working on doing better in acknowledging my own faults too and hope others around me will do likewise in order to maintain a healthy relationship. Thank you so much for sharing this topic. I enjoyed reading your post. ☺️

    Pastor Natalie (ExamineThisMoment)

  2. I think about this all the time. We all put our emotions first, but once that’s out of the way, I do think that different people feel different levels of guilt, regret, and sympathy while a small percentage remain in the bubble of their own concerns.

  3. Great observation. I did some research this past week on empathy, and it seems that empathetic care is decreasing. Some people do lack self-awareness and enough emotional intelligence to see the consequences of their actions. Like you said, sometimes they can’t even see where they are hurting or doing wrong to another person. There are also personality disorders and tendencies that make people more prone to the behaviour you describe here. I think it’s best to know they exist and adjust accordingly, investing more in those who resonate with our values and standards. Thanks for sharing, enjoyed reading your reflection a lot!

  4. I think that sometimes people do things that are wrong (knowingly) and feel bad about it later either due to seeing the outcome of what they did or just understanding what they did was wrong. There have been times in my life when I’ve lied or I’ve done something wrong to someone and felt horrible later… It doesn’t fix what you did but I truly don’t think everyone who wrongs us is a bad person.

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