March 25, 2011 5:16 AM Subscribe
What suggestions can you give me for help in forgiving myself?
posted by anonymous to human relations (23 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Some years ago I had a problem with compulsively taking things. It was particularly bad during a long period of time when I was taking a cocktail of antidepressants, anti-anxiety meds, mood stabilizers. I would get urges I couldn't control. Example: taking books or clothing from friends, abandoned flower pots from a porch, plants from a park, etc. I feel like an awful person, particularly in the case of taking friends' possessions. Is it necessary for me to admit to these wrongdoings -- thefts -- in order to move on and forgive myself? The idea of people knowing I stole terrifies me. I have read a lot about self-forgiveness but it isn't helping. Suggestions greatly appreciated.