Guilt unrelieved

 

…so we misbehaved

Next day at school, in order to be punished,

For punishment made us feel less guilty. Mother

Never punished us, but made us feel guilty.

Harry, THE FAMILY REUNION, Part II, Scene 1, T.S.Eliot

Could self-harm and self-destructive personal habits be a desire to punish ourselves and so relieve, to an extent, our feeligns of guilt?

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