A little bit of guilt is a good thing because it makes you a better person. Too much guilt is a bad thing because it makes you a worse person
A LITTLE BIT OF GUILT LOOKS LIKE THIS
Please don't do that again, here is why.
(Understanding increases self-esteem)
TOO MUCH GUILT LOOKS LIKE THIS
What the hell were you thinking? Are you stupid or something? When are you going to grow up and quit being such a jerk? I can't believe you did that. I raised you better than that. The next time you do that I am going to punish you so bad you will wish you were dead.
Too much guilt undermined a person's self-worth and makes them feel like they are a bad person. Once a person gets it into their head that they are a bad person they have no choice but to become the terrible person that you told them that they were.
A little bit of guilt delivered with love, compassion and understanding, nurtures people and helps them build a strong sense of self-worth while too much guilt undermines and destroys self-worth.