Therapy + Theology with Carley Marcouillier

Therapy + Theology with Carley Marcouillier

Carley Marcouillier

The Important Difference between Guilt & Shame (Decoding Our Distress, Pt 3)

September 1, 2022   ●   17 min

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We are continuing our series on decoding our distress by asking the question: Why do I feel this way?

Last week, we began with feelings within the spectrum of fear and doubt. Today, I want to explore the feelings of shame & guilt and how we can respond to them through the lens of the gospel.

What is important to note here is the distinction between these two emotions. From a basic definition: guilt addresses one’s behavior whereas shame addresses one’s self-concept.
Brené Brown researcher on shame and best-selling author defines these two experiences by saying:

"Guilt says, “I did something bad, while shame says, “I am bad.”"

So, the first step to understanding standing these distressing emotional states is by recognizing them as signals of significance - They tell us something about what we have done or not done and what we think of ourselves in relation to our experiences.

What are they telling us? And what is it important? That’s what we’ll unpack today.


Daring Greatly by Brene Brown:

Beyond Identity by Dick Keyes:

Psychology, Theology, and Spiritually in Christian Counseling by Mark McMinn:

What Is the Difference Between Guilt and Shame? by Psychology Today:

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