By W. Crozier

ISBN-10: 023050194X

ISBN-13: 9780230501942

ISBN-10: 1349523887

ISBN-13: 9781349523887

The blush is a ubiquitous, yet little understood, phenomenon. It includes an involuntary switch within the face which may show emotions, display personality and reason severe anxiousness. Crozier presents a scholarly, but obtainable, synthesis of recent learn, finding blushing in the context of the 'social feelings' of embarrassment, disgrace and shyness.

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They included both experimental research 28 Blushing and the Social Emotions (72 studies) and correlational research drawing upon the self-consciousness scales (149 studies). 08; 4 studies). 67 (34 studies). While the pattern of findings seems coherent, several of the comparisons are based on a very small number of studies, and only in the case of the link between private self-consciousness and depression does the sample of studies seem adequate to indicate robust trends. 55. Clark and Wells (1995) drew upon the concept of self-focused attention in their cognitive process model of social phobia, which assigns a central place to ‘processing of the self as a social object’.

The items on the questionnaires that assess appearance and bodily sensations refer to signs and symptoms of anxiety, and blushing appears among these items along with sweating and trembling. The emotions that are elicited by the anticipation and the experience of interacting with other people belong to the fear family: anxiety, apprehension and nervousness. This emphasis is consistent with Buss’s (1980) model, which classes shyness and embarrassment as forms of anxiety. However, an alternative approach regards these states as members of a family of self-conscious emotions, which, as the term suggests, also have self-focused attention and self-consciousness at their core.

These memories are vivid even though nothing untoward happened and I was the object of no one’s attention but my own, and they attest to the intensity of the experience of self-consciousness. I did not necessarily expect that people would think badly of me for wearing the coat or riding the scooter but in each case I felt exposed. The experience contrasts with feeling proud of my coat or scooter; here I might also be conscious of the gaze of others but this would not be the unpleasant state of exposure.

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