One wrong reaction is enough to cause a silence and self-blame that can last for years.
It was some time before Lady Charlton could be brought to believe it all, and then at first she was overwhelmed with self-blame.
I do not think you have cause for self-blame at all, but, on the contrary, have for self-approval.
A deep depression recovers by changing the point of view from a feeling of unworthiness and self-blame to one of normality.
But when he came to reflect on what he had done, he was full of contrition and self-blame.
Meanwhile his own self-blame at these times left its mark upon him.
She spoke of sorrows, personal sorrows, much as he might speak of his—vaguely, and with self-blame.
In her self-blame she wrote to her brother to confess how she had failed in her duty toward the boy.
She spoke of sorrows, personal sorrows, such as he might speak of his—vaguely, and with self-blame.
Blame and punishment, as well as self-blame, have regard to character and so to the future.
c.1200, "find fault with;" c.1300, "lay blame on," from Old French blasmer (12c., Modern French blâmer) "to rebuke, reprimand, condemn, criticize," from Vulgar Latin *blastemare, from Late Latin blasphemare "revile, reproach" (see blaspheme). Replaced Old English witan with long "i." Related: Blamed; blaming.
early 13c., from Old French blasme "blame, reproach; condemnation," a back-formation from blasmer (see blame (v.)).