What, though, if you’re facing something more serious than having screwed up, made a mistake, failed to achieve something, been unfair to someone else or some other wrongdoing?
Perhaps you recently lost something or someone you love: a bereavement or a relationship break-up or a close friend or family member has moved away. Perhaps you’ve lost your home or your job.
Maybe you’ve moved somewhere new and very different and you’re struggling to adjust. Maybe you’ve become a parent for the first time and you’re finding it difficult to cope. Or it could be that there was something you desperately wanted – a child, a qualification, a place on the team or a promotion – but didn’t get.
Any of these things ...