Guilt

First For Women - - Insight -

You’ve started ig­nor­ing your sis­ter’s calls be­cause you don’t want to get roped into the lat­est fam­ily fight, but your con­science is heavy for not pick­ing up the phone and of­fer­ing emo­tional sup­port. “The guilt comes from a sense of obli­ga­tion that you’re sup­posed to drop ev­ery­thing and be there for some­one no mat­ter what,” ob­serves Gil­bert­son. “But even when you ab­so­lutely love and cher­ish the per­son, there is no such obli­ga­tion—your sup­port has to be op­tional, or it’s not re­ally a gift.”

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