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Causes and Consequences
  • Rowland S. Miller
Part of the Emotions, Personality, and Psychotherapy book series (EPPS)


Does there exist anyone who has never been embarrassed? Is there someone who has never felt the chagrin and abashment of the inadvertent social miscue? If so, such a person must be very uncommon; there may well be differences among us in our susceptibility to embarrassment, but the state seems so inextricably tied to our socialization and interaction that to be entirely immune to it would be rare indeed. This chapter will explore the nature and origins of this pervasive—and usually discomfiting—experience, cataloging the occasions in which it occurs, describing different rationales for its existence, reviewing the empirical literature, and generally speculating here and there. First, however, a descriptive analysis: What is it?


Social Anxiety Nonverbal Behavior Aversive State Interaction Ritual Embarrassing Situation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rowland S. Miller
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  1. 1.Department of PsychologySam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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