11 deep questions to ask yourself when you feel embarrassment

  1. Why do I feel embarrassed?
  2. How do I relate to the situation with a child who feels embarrassed today?
  3. Why do I want to stop feeling embarrassment?
  4. What beliefs do I have about myself that cause me to feel embarrassed?
  5. What is the general feeling that I am experiencing right now?
  6. What is the evidence that I am feeling embarrassment?
  7. What am I ashamed of?
  8. Did somebody think I'm stupid?
  9. Did somebody criticize me?
  10. Did I do something wrong?
  11. Am I not good enough?

7 tips on how to deal with embarrassment

  1. When you are feeling embarrassed, try laughing at yourself and the situation. When we laugh we signal to ourselves and others that we are overcoming our embarrassment and we are taking our power back. Find humor in your situation and make jokes about yourself. It’s not fun when someone else makes a joke about us
  2. Use humour to diminish your embarrassment.
  3. Practice taking deep breaths.
  4. Meet the people’s eye while speaking.
  5. If you know the person who has embarrassed you, don’t avoid them. Instead, try to chat with them. You might find that they feel as bad or worse than you do because they know what they did was wrong. You don’t want to be the person that takes a social opportunity away from another person because of embarrassment.
  6. Change your body language to be as close as possible to a confident state (for example, take up more space without looking aggressive)
  7. Ask for assistance from another person to help leave the scene.

How embarrassment affects you

Embarrassment is a feeling of confusion, and sometimes anger or humiliation. This feeling is experienced when you do something that you were either told not to do or when you realize that you did something wrong in public. When this happens, your face might turn red and you may start to sweat. Embarrassment is the perfect word for describing how most people feel after they "mess up" in front of others.