chapter  Chapter Seven
26 Pages

Guilt and salvation

ByCarlos Domínguez-Morano

The sense of guilt and anxiety stemming from previous aggressive phantasies lead to the desire for reparation, and, at the same time, a differentiation is made between internal and external worlds. The relationship between guilt and the death instinct is thoroughly analysed by A. Freud in the short but dense article, “The economic problem of masochism”. Guilt, in its most conscious acknowledgement, emerges in terms of sin, remorse, transgression, pardon, law, or moral conscience. Guilt, in its most conscious acknowledgement, emerges in terms of sin, remorse, transgression, pardon, law, or moral conscience. The basic point of coincidence between obsessive rituals and religious practices was placed on the feelings of unconscious guilt that take root in obsessive and pious individuals alike. The resonance of guilt structures upon Christian drama manifests as expression and representation in the life of the sacraments and their rituals. Salvation, captured in the web of guilt, became individual and egocentric, anxious and permanently threatened.