survivor guilt


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Noun1.survivor guilt - a deep feeling of guilt often experienced by those who have survived some catastrophe that took the lives of many others; derives in part from a feeling that they did not do enough to save the others who perished and in part from feelings of being unworthy relative to those who died; "survivor guilt was first noted in those who survived the Holocaust"
guilt feelings, guilt trip, guilty conscience, guilt - remorse caused by feeling responsible for some offense
posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD - an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness and lack of involvement with reality, or recurrent thoughts and images
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Some have led lives dominated by survivor guilt, feelings of inadequacy, or perfectionism, while many others have come to terms with family grief and have effectively established their own identities.
The battalion suffered heavy losses; he suffers heavy survivor guilt.
Simon Holland Roberts plays Chris, the surviving son, whose survivor guilt after a messy war is tearing him apart.
One of the ending chapters is Hot Topics Q & A, offering typical questions of teens experiencing loss and grief, asking what is "normal," or to be expected, and how to deal with survivor guilt.
Added to the themes of suicide, death, and survivor guilt is the advocacy of Mel's mother regarding the death penalty and strong views about death row.
Especially heartbreaking are her interviews with family members of the dead, and with rig workers who recall their terror, their survivor guilt, and, above all, their betrayal by the companies to which they gave their best years.
Amy Bright's second novel, Swimmers, dives into the emotional anxiety of survivor guilt, suicide, and how the most unlikely of friendships can save someone from self-destructing.
Hegarty said she struggles with survivor guilt, but the Resiliency Center has helped her and her children.
Limbaugh also commented on a portion of that article that discussed survivor guilt on the part of Williams over the deaths of friends like Christopher Reeves.
This edition has new sessions on the effect of trauma on domestic violence (especially posttraumatic stress disorder), imaginary crimes and survivor guilt, negative interpretations, guidelines for "good men," the use of mindfulness and gratitude, and intimacy training, as well as added scenes from movies, new and updated background material for leaders to enhance their skills, and a supplementary program that integrates a Level II substance abuse focus into treatment.
Survivor guilt is defined as excessive worry about being in a better position than others, particularly parents and peers (O'Connor & Berry, 1996, 1997; O'Connor, Berry, Weiss, Schweitzer, & Sevier, 2000).
While your concern for others' suffering is admirable, I think your need for others to have survivor guilt and simulated suffering is misplaced.