Don't Like Cringe Comedies? You Probably Have Fremdscham

People who experience fremdscham don't enjoy watching scenes in which someone is humiliated, even if the person doesn't realize it. As the fremdscham-prone Oliver Burkeman put it in an interview for NPR, they are EEE's, the "easily empathetically embarrassed."

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. When people convey that they're feeling awkward about an uncomfortable situation, others perceive them as trustworthy. 03:45

  2. If someone is easily empathetically embarrassed, it's hard for them to witness embarrassing moments. 04:33

  3. Negativity bias refers to how negative experiences have a greater impact on our mental states than positive ones. 08:45

Written by Curiosity Staff December 18, 2015