The Force Shaping Character, History, and Culture
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This book explores the nature of guilt, shedding light on how the modern West came increasingly to understand it as 'the most terrible sickness'. It traces the psychological origins of guilt in each person's family, and demonstrates the historical rise of guilt in parallel with civilization. It examines the modern predicament: the difficulty of finding explanations for guilt in a secular, post-church society - and the possibility of relief from its curse, while channelling it into a fulfilling life. As such it will appeal to those with interests in sociology, psychology, psychiatry, cultural studies, cultural history, and anthropology.