Capable or Culpable

What are you capable of? I was talking with a friend about the horrific actions of a harried mother. I'm not a mother, but while my friend protested that she would never do such a thing, I thought, "I could see how that happened."

Is it because I'm a horrible person? No. It's because I know that under stress people are capable of things they never thought possible. And if they're not in touch with their dark sides, those parts of themselves that they'd rather not face, they're capable of acting out of their own worst instincts.

I believe, if you don’t think you’re capable of something terrible – you don’t know yourself well and if you don’t know yourself well, you’re more susceptible to doing the thing you think you’re not capable of doing.