We live in a guilt-denying society. "No-fault" auto insurance limits the cost of an accident to the paying of bills rather than the assessing of blame. A disillusioned spouse bends the ear of a sympathetic listener as to the problems that the other partner causes within the marriage. The habitually late student explains to his teacher, "But it wasn't my fault!" We live in a society that seems to demand success over failure and rightness over wrongness. Therefore, the tendency is to deny anything that would make us look wrong or in any way inadequate.
Anderson, Paul, "Confessions Within a Guilt-Denying Society" (1985). Faculty Publications - George Fox School of Theology. 264.