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Are you Embarassed?

Updated on February 5, 2013
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Is embarassment fading?

It could be just me. It seems that people don't embarrass anymore. According to webster's embarrass :means to be anxiously self-conscious. It seems not many people are conscious in these times, self, or otherwise. It seems that if the bounds of social behaviour seem to be stretching, or more likely 'erasing'. It literally seems like no one gets embarrassed anymore.

People can do or say the darnedest' things without batting an eye. Like the people on cell phones who share their conversations with the world.Try tuning them out. They seem to get louder. Iv'e heard everything, from some stranger's financial woes, their criminal endeavors, and even some sexual escapades too risque' to mention here. I'm sometimes embarrassed for them. Most of the time just annoyed. It seems that America (maybe the world) has become ruder.

So yes I do still get embarrassed. For myself. Sometimes on behalf of other people. Sometimes my embarrassment is a direct result of other's actions, and direction. For instance, the person who wants to ask you, "how old do you think I am?" I am always afraid to guess too low, which would seem an obvious lie. Or too high which could wind up insulting the person. Maybe I shouldn't care but it again embarrasses me when someone else fishes for compliments. So, maybe that guy the other day got what he deserved when I guessed about ten years too high. Wish he hadn't asked. Or when someone puts you on the spot, by asking you to tell, a joke or funny story to a third party. Well maybe you were on a roll the day you first shared it with them. Usually for me, if I tell a funny joke I don't remember it the next day. Or the people that always ask you to look at some baby..."isn't he/she so cute?". It's embarrassing if you don't react with quick, awe inspired enthusiasm. So of course I should just smile and say yes, right?

One of the most embarrassing things for me is to be with someone, and run into someone else I know, and of course after a brief chat , you're expected to introduce them. Its always the person whose name escapes me that I run into. It's a small world after all. My body sometimes has been a serious source of embarrassment. Seeming it seems to have a mind, or will of it's own. Certainly I can't be the only one whose inner workings decide to 'explode' in the checkout line, elevator, or at work. Even on a date once. I was too embarrassed to ask for a second date. Maybe i'll make a date with the doctor.

KIDS SAY WHATEVER

Kids can certainly be a source of embarrassment (not teenagers, their another category). The small cuddly ones who'll ask a stranger why they "look funny'?" or they'll whine' "what's that smell?" at the most inopportune moments. They usually say exactly what's on their mind. Of course you can forgive them their non embarrass capacity. Since they have (if you're a parent) bestowed the honor to you. It seems the only way to embarrass a child anymore (especially teens) is to lavish affection upon them in front of friends. I encourage parents to do so. Maybe you will spare us a future 'loud cell phone talker!

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      Darylen Cochrane 4 years ago from New York, NY

      You are so true here! My sentiments exactly. Nice hub.

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      Starmom41 4 years ago

      This is an interesting topic that I'd never thought about before :)

      I'm wondering if it might be part of "self-esteem"/pop-psych stuff where people were being told they should never 'regret' anything, never feel 'ashamed' about anything, etc.?

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      Starmom41 4 years ago

      is there are reason you didn't approve my comment?

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Daryln for your comments.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for your comments, Starmom. Having trouble with page today... anyone else??? I definitely wasn't ignoring you... fellow hubster!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this interesting report. i admit, i rarely got embarrassed

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      ScRuTTy 4 years ago

      haha funny but true hub! its not just in America but also UK.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Mhatter99, and for being honest.

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      MjNicole 4 years ago from North Richland Hills, TX

      Well I enjoyed this, and I get embarrass all the time. Especially when my lil man says something, he is so cut throat

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you Mj... one of my moments was when my mom told me to tell a pesky neighbor 9through the door) she was'nt home, so I said , "my mother said tell you she's not home." Hey, I was about 5 or 6. Wish we could all stay that honest. Children are so powerful.

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      mismazda 4 years ago from a southern georgia peach

      oh my great hub...but sort of a coincidence...my pastor was talking or preaching about ppl not being ashamed anymore...voted up

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Wow... I guess great minds think alike...lol . Seriously though, thank you very much for your comment and it seems you have picked the right place to worship at... he seems insightful.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      wow Laurinzo this is so true.. I get embarrassed to my friend for other people.. things they say and do.. I still turn red.. LOL.. people think it is funny.

      love your hub

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      Debbie

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      It is delightful that anyone still gets embarrassed Deborah... lol I wish our Candidates for office felt that way!!!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Lol thats for sure.. You are so right Laurinzo..

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      Mary Strain 4 years ago from The Shire

      I've noticed that too, Laurinzo. Nobody bats an eye anymore, and more and more people are just shockingly rude. To strangers, too! I've always thought that it's kind of dumb to be rude to strangers, because you don't have any idea who they are or how they'll react.

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      Live To Write 4 years ago from Phoenix, Az.

      Thank you for your comments mollymeadows, very much.

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