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  • By: Timothy Ketelaar
  • In: Encyclopedia of the Mind
  • Edited by: Harold Pashler
  • Subject:Linguistics (general), Cognitive Psychology (general)

In contrast to the socio-legal meaning of guilt, which refers to the attribution of culpability regarding the commission of a blameworthy act, most emotion scholars view guilt as an adaptive psychological process that promotes social cohesion. This entry begins with a ...