Research shows that those who get embarrassed easily are more trustworthy and generous.
Don't tell this to someone who just tripped in front of their crush or spilled coffee all over themselves before a big work meeting, but embarrassment can be a good thing! According to a new study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, getting a little red in the face may mean that you're more trustworthy and generous. More easily embarrassed subjects also may be more monogamous.
Researchers told ScienceDaily, "Embarrassment is one emotional signature of a person to whom you can entrust valuable resources," says coauthor of the study and social psychologist Robb Willer. "It's part of the social glue that fosters trust and cooperation in everyday life."
Now when talking about "embarrassment," researchers are quick to note that they studied moderate embarrassment and not types of more debilitating social anxiety like shame. In general, the physical marker of feeling embarrassed was looking away or covering part of your face.
What's been your most embarrassing moment? Do you think this research on embarrassment and personality holds merit?
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