Guilt

Kelly's sociality corollary assumes that people construe a core role that gives them a sense of identity within a social environment. However, if that core role is weakened or dissolved a person will develop a feeling of guilt. Kelly (1970) defined guilt as "the sense of having lost one's core role structure" (p. 27). That is, people feel guilty when they behave hi ways that are inconsistent with their sense of who they

People who have never developed a core role do not feel guilty. They may be anxious or confused but without a sense of personal identity, they do not experience guilt. For example, a person with an underdeveloped conscience has little or no integral sense of self and a weak or nonexistent core role structure. Such a person lias no stable guidelines to violate and hence will feel little or no guilt even for depraved and shameful behavior (Kelly, 1970).

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