Guilt trip

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A guilt trip is a feeling of guilt or responsibility, especially an unjustified one induced by someone else.


Creating a guilt trip in another person may be considered to be manipulation in the form of punishment for a perceived transgression.[1]

George K. Simon interprets the guilt trip as a special kind of intimidation tactic. A manipulator suggests to the conscientious victim that he or she does not care enough, is too selfish or has it easy. This usually results in the victim feeling bad, keeping them in a self-doubting, anxious and submissive position.[2]

There are limited studies examining guilt trips, and those studies tend to focus on guilt trips in parent–child relationships.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Braiker, Harriet B. (2004). Who's Pulling Your Strings? How to Break The Cycle of Manipulation. ISBN 978-0-07-144672-3.
  2. ^ K., Simon, George (1996). In sheep's clothing: Understanding and dealing with manipulative people. Parkhurst Brothers. ISBN 9781935166306. OCLC 646166340.
  3. ^ Mandara, Jelani; Pikes, Crysta L. (2008). "Guilt Trips and Love Withdrawal: Does Mothers' Use of Psychological Control Predict Depressive Symptoms Among African American Adolescents?". Family Relations. 57 (5): 602–612. doi:10.1111/j.1741-3729.2008.00526.x. ISSN 1741-3729.

Further reading[edit]

Academic articles

  • Baldassar L (2015). "Guilty feelings and the guilt trip: Emotions and motivation in migration and transnational caregiving". Emotion, Space and Society, vol. 16, Aug 2015, pp. 81–89.
  • Kezar D (2000). "Shakespeare's Guilt Trip in Henry V". Modern Language Quarterly, vol. 61.3, pp. 431–461.


  • Hesz A, Neophytou B (2009). Guilt Trip: From Fear to Guilt on the Green Bandwagon.
  • Scottoline L, Serritella F (2014). Have a Nice Guilt Trip.

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