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survivor guilt

[sərvī′vər]
Etymology: OFr, survivre + ME, gilt, sin
feelings of guilt for surviving a tragedy in which others died. In some cases, the person may believe the tragedy occurred because he or she did something bad; in others, the person may feel guilty for not taking proper steps to avert the tragedy. Also called survival guilt.
Self-blame and recrimination for having survived the loss of a loved one, in particular one who has completed suicide or was involved in the same RTA/MVA

survivor guilt

A grief reaction marked by feelings of depression, loss, or responsibility experienced by persons who have survived an event in which others have lost their lives (e.g., a war, holocaust, or epidemic illness).
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This place had made me realize, one, I'm not alone and, two, I wasn't going crazy with everything that was going on in my head with survivor's guilt.
layoff survivors are stricken with survivor's guilt and anxiety, assuming that it is only a matter of time before the other shoe drops.
After returning home, the veterans grapple with a sense of survivor's guilt as they struggle to adjust to everyday life.
Survivor's guilt, lethargy, and outmoded thinking will not enable you to survive in today's business environment.
King's stories are hard-hitting and packed with powerful characterization, from the story of a young fiancee's disappearance which turns out to be something other than cold feet to a wounded runner's ability to fight off a stalker, and a man grappling with survivor's guilt after 9/11.
When Keiko finally tells Daisy about what she had seen and reveals the depths of her survivor's guilt, Daisy realizes what the telling has cost the girl and she becomes determined to protect Keiko from being exploited by the committee.
These survivors also may be motivated to take social action due to survivor's guilt, a sense of responsibility to the dead, or a need to fight against the social stigmatization of the survivors--or all three.
Joss was once Elizabeth's closest friend and now is a minister, which helps in the discussion of survivor's guilt, the ethics of cloning, and other themes implicit in the plot.
Upon her return she was also diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as survivor's guilt.
The meeting proves cathartic for both women (with Jonas-Rosenzweig accompanied by daughter Vivian), and their walking tour of the Goeth home is indeed moving: One, as a German, feels guilt by association; the other possibly is haunted by survivor's guilt.
Here Mason unleashed a desperate flood of talk, shot through with intrusive voices, memories, and war-veteran-slash-homeboy's survivor's guilt, all balanced against his slow-flowing b-boy moves.
Oe added that many of them also suffer from survivor's guilt because they survived while so many perished, and they could not help those suffering in their midst.

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