Embarrassment Defined __________________________________________
Embarrassment is an emotional state of intense discomfort with oneself, experienced upon having a socially unacceptable act or condition witnessed by or revealed to others. Usually some amount of loss of honor or dignity is involved, but how much and the type depends on the embarrassing situation. It is similar to shame, except that shame may be experienced for an act known only to oneself. Also, embarrassment usually carries the connotation of being caused by an act that is merely socially unacceptable, rather than morally wrong.
- Privacy violations - for example where a body part is exposed, or there is an invasion of space, property, or information that may be warranted to privacy,
- Lack of knowledge and skill - for example forgetfulness, or experiencing failure while performing a relatively easy task
- Criticism and rejection - is another form of embarrassment, as well as being made the center of attention positively or negatively
- Awkward acts - refer to social situations, for example inappropriate conversations, clumsiness or ungraceful actions (such as an emotional outbreak like speaking out unintentionally) that can trigger embarrassment
- Appropriate image - refers to more of a personal reflection of embarrassment, like body image, clothing apparel, and personal possessions for example owning a regular phone in compared to the latest phone
- Environment - can also have the effect of provoking embarrassment, as when an individual in a movie theatre with his or her parents, other family, co-workers, or mixed-company peers is made uncomfortable by an unexpected occurrence of nudity in the film that the group is watching.
- Faux pas which are socially awkward acts
- Failure to perform a duty or moral obligation.