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.
Her most heroic effort at self-blame melted away at the memory of his words.
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.)).