Saving Face for Darwin The Functions and Uses of Embarrassment
Current Directions in Psychological Science
Format: Journal Article
Publication Year: n.d.
Sources ID: 22916
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In this article, we review diverse studies of the antecedents, facial display, and social consequences of embarrassment. These studies indicate that embarrassment serves an appeasement function, reconciling social relations when they have gone awry. We then speculate about how embarrassment is elaborated into more complex social interactions, such as teasing and flirtation. We conclude by raising questions about the blush and embarrassment that await empirical consideration.