Despite the existence of a culture of 'no snitching' in some communities, it is important to understand that there are different levels to snitching.
According to clinical psychologist Dr Cathy Angus, the different levels to snitching indicate instances when it is important for one to inform on someone.
The differentiation comes in between what is the motive and meaning behind the snitching or informing, because that really makes a differentiation between whether its a good deed or whether there's malicious intent behind it— Dr Cathy Angus, clinical psychologist
Speaking to #NightTalk's Sizwe Dhlomo, Dr Angus says that the consequences for snitching, whether it be for good reason or not, are unavoidable.
There's a betrayal of trust in a sense when you snitch. If you're sitting in the office having coffee together and chatting about the boss, and someone then goes and snitches to the boss about that, there are consequences that follow— Dr Cathy Angus, clinical psychologist
Dr Angus says that it is common for people to have a sense of guilt when they have done the right thing.
A question you have to ask yourself is about what is this snitching about. Is it important, is it meaningful— Dr Cathy Angus, clinical psychologist
Listen to the conversation below: