28 Feb 2007

The subtleties of human embarrassment

You know that weird thing that happens when you’re talking to someone on the phone, and it takes you a while to realise that the call’s accidentally dropped because you were so busy talking… to yourself! What is it about that that is so personally embarrassing? Even if you’re in a room all on your own and nobody else witnessed you talking to yourself like a damned idiot… what is it that makes you feel embarrassed for yourself?


  • Ms. Wakame
    March 4, 2007 Reply

    hahaha! Thats classic! Im almost nervous to ask about the “other stuff”…

  • Miko
    March 4, 2007 Reply

    I sleep with my Bumble-Kitty doll. It’s the first thing I see when I open my eyes. I think that’s a bit embarrassing.

    In the supermarket, when I’m waiting in line at the check-out, I make up strange stories in my head about the other people ahead of me. For example, this guy was buying bottles of bleach, so I imagined that he was trying to cover up a murder. When he looked at me, I was so frightened that I looked away.

    And lots of other stuff.

  • yochadcss
    March 1, 2007 Reply

    without someone there to reaffirm that you are saying something relevent, you look back at what you just said and judge it verbatum and it usually sounds awkward/embarrassing and gives you a vulnerable insight to who you really are. most people feel safer being themselves when with their friends as opposed to actually being by themselves. we’re harsh critics of ourselves but with our friends, as they are with us, we can be quite forgiving and understanding.

  • Nykki
    March 1, 2007 Reply

    Cingular, the network with the fewest dropped calls…

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