Some thinkers have theorized that guilt is used as a tool of social control. Since guilty people feel they are undeserving, they are less likely to assert their rights and prerogatives. Thus, those in power seek to cultivate a sense of guilt among the populace, in order to make them more tractable. This was a theme in Eric Hoffer’s The True Believer.
I hate that people use guilt as a way to get you to do things. I think it is really crappy and I am really working on not allowing that to happen in my life. I feel as though I have been controlled into thinking I need certain approval, and therefore performed out of guilt. No more! I am no longer performong out of guilt!