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Blushing and the Social Emotions

The Self Unmasked

  • Authors

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Emotion in Social Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 3-21
    3. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 22-40
  3. The Nature of the Blush

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 41-41
    2. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 43-57
    3. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 58-75
    4. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 76-93
  4. The Social Emotions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 97-114
    3. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 115-133
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      Pages 134-148
    5. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 149-164
  5. Problematising Blushing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 167-184
    3. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 185-209
    4. W. Ray Crozier
      Pages 210-221
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 222-241

About this book


The blush is a ubiquitous, but little understood, phenomenon. It involves an involuntary change in the face that can express feelings, reveal character and cause intense anxiety. Crozier provides a scholarly, yet accessible, synthesis of new research, locating blushing within the context of the 'social emotions' of embarrassment, shame and shyness.


anxiety character consciousness emotion feelings

About the authors

W. RAY CROZIER is Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University, UK, and is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. The author of Understanding Shyness: Psychological Perspectives, and joint editor (with L.E. Alden) of The Essential Handbook of Social Anxiety for Clinicians and of the International Handbook of Social Anxiety, he has published widely on shyness, blushing and social anxiety, and on the psychology of art.

Bibliographic information


"A leading researcher on this particular subject, Crozier has written an excellent overview of the research findings on shyness, emotions and blushing . . . this is the first study of this common phenomenon. As such it is a vital resource." - Choice