A study at University of California, Berkley has revealed people who get embarrassed easily are more trustworthy and even, generous. However, the embarrassment here doesn’t mean the anxiety or shame which often causes harm to a person’s life in society.
“Moderate levels of embarrassment are signs of virtue,” said Matthew Feinberg, a doctoral student in psychology at UC Berkeley and lead author of the paper. “Our data suggests embarrassment is a good thing, not something you should fight.”
The study also revealed that apart from suggesting the virtues of trustworthiness and generosity, embarrassed people are also good team partners and helpful in giving dating advices. They are also proven to be loyal spouse as the figures suggested monogamy was more common in such people.
The results were found from a series of experiments that used video testimonials, economic trust games & various surveys to find out the relationship between embarrassment and pro-sociality. The first experiment was conducted on 60 college students where videos of embarrassing moments were displayed. Another experiment was the ‘Dictator game’ in which one’s level of selflessness and care for others is measured. The participants were given 10 tickets and asked to keep a share with them and distribute some of them to partners. Those who showed embarrassment earlier on were much keen to share.
38 Americans were surveyed through Craigslists and asked how frequently they feel embarrassed and also evaluated their behavior in above mentioned areas. Similarly, a trained actor’s response was measured upon hearing he had scored well in test. His feelings were recorded of being proud or humble and then his trustworthiness was evaluated.
The conclusion of these experiments was that embarrassed people are more humble in nature and one feels comfortable in their company.
Source: Science Daily