When I hear people say they “feel bad” about something they’ve said or done, I interpret that as Shame.
Let’s be honest, if we are truly Guilty for something, then feeling anything about it really doesn’t matter a whole lot.
Yes, we can be contrite or remorseful, yet Guilt is usually resolved by making things right and/or having to deal with the consequences.
Shame is a totally unnecessary notion that allows people to continue doing bad things, not learn from their mistakes and leave a perpetual trail of damaged relationships.
Guilt provides the opportunity to take Responsibility for our actions.