If you can't get to a competent therapist, this is a good way to understand--and possibly get rid of--the guilt that may be keeping you tied up in knots. It is much more sophisticated, detailed and thoughtful than the majority of self-help tracts on the market. The authors' point is that everyone feels guilty and sometimes that's good. It's an emotion that ""guarantees our control over wild, primitive feelings."" But too much guilt or inappropriate guilt is the stuff needless unhappiness is made of, and the stuff the authors set out to explain. The most important thing, they say, is to recognize that within every adult is a child--sometimes playful, curious and lovable, sometimes selfish, lonely, and frightened. But that ever-present child ""must become better known if the adult is to ease his guilt."" Only then can we begin to really grow up. They discuss why guilt sometimes takes destructive outlets: physical illness, alcoholism, drug addiction, eating disorders, frustrating marriages, gambling, sexual dysfunction and depression. They also explain how to rid yourself of some of the old ghosts that haunt the guilty mind. A very helpful self-helper.