While guilt is the sense of doing something wrong, shame is the sense of being something wrong. It is something carried internally and triggered socially. It suggests a gift, because shame is a social emotion that signifies a sensitivity to the needs and emotions of those around us. It also suggests an internalized judge: a model of some imaginary audience that we carry with us. It affects our perception of Self and Other to the point where, to maintain health and sanity, we must question the accuracy of our own perception and assessment in any given situation.