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If you feel guilty a lot, you’re probably good at reading people’s emotions. Feeling guilt has long been linked with empathy, and studies show guilt-prone people have an enhanced capacity for seeing another person’s perspective and are therefore better able to analyze facial expressions. Shame, however, despite being closely-related emotion, can have the opposite effect: people who often feel ashamed tend to have lower empathy levels, because the focus of shame is much more self-centered.
In 1946, a South African child who dreamed of being a scientist wrote to Albert Einstein, and they became pen pals. A few letters later, she said she regretted being a girl, apologized for not telling him sooner, and hoped he wouldn’t think less of her. He quickly replied, ‘I do not mind that you are a girl, but the main thing is that you yourself do not mind. There is no reason for it.’