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  • Sorry, I'm gonna start again.

  • We all know the feeling.

  • You say or do something that makes your heart pound, your face turn red, and you feel like running away.

  • You are embarrassed.

  • But what does this mean and why does it happen?

  • Embarrassment can result from social situations where you feel exposed, self-conscious, or awkward.

  • On the outside, you may gaze downward, touch your face, or turn your head away.

  • On the inside in some cases, your body releases adrenaline that acts as a natural stimulant.

  • Your heart rate increases.

  • Your breathing gets quicker.

  • Your muscles may tense up.

  • And you might even freeze up completely.

  • The release of adrenaline can also cause your blood vessels to dilate, increasing blood flow to all parts of your body, including your face and neck.

  • This is what gives your cheeks that nice rosy look, also known as blushing.

  • These reactions are similar to the fight-or-flight response that's triggered when you're in danger.

  • Except when you're embarrassed, the only threat might be to your social status.

  • But feeling embarrassed isn't all bad.

  • Sure you feel exposed and your cheeks are bright red.

  • But according to some studies, being embarrassed is a sign of emotional intelligence.

  • And you're more likely to be forgiven, liked, or trusted if you show signs of embarrassment after you mess up.

  • So next time you feel embarrassed, just shake it off, we've all been there.

  • Thank you very much.

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Your Body When You're Embarrassed

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    Lian posted on 2020/01/30
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