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Survivor, survivor's, or survivors guilt or syndrome is a mental condition that occurs when a person perceives himself to have done wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not. It may be found among survivors of combat, natural disasters, epidemics, among the friends and family of those who have committed suicide and in non-mortal situations among those whose colleagues are laid off...
Although conscious guilt is experienced as very real, a distinction has been made between "real" (or "active") guilt and "imagined" (or "passive") guilt.
Following traumatic events, an individual may experience "real" guilt for acts of commission or omission that resulted in the physical or emotional endangerment or harm of others.
"Imagined" guilt (e.g., survivor guilt, guilt with an element of wishful thinking about one's ability to act) includes the types of guilt that occur in the absence of having acted harmfully.
Both types of guilt include self condemnation, and either can result in harm to self or others (e.g., punishing acts to self or others; the action or elicitation of rejection, disdain and/or punishment).
the truth is, and i truly believe in this, the thing that will unite the world is such events. it will bring us closer when we relate to each others struggles and pushes our differences aside for goo
In short, I think some of us 'feel' more then others. We have an empathic ability others do not. I'd read a thread about someone being so frustrated over the attitudes and lack of compassion on FB.