Just for laugh gag is a tv show which shows videos of them pranking on strangers. It's a popular program that make people laugh a lot by looking at the reaction of strangers when confront to embarrassing/surprising/interesting situations. Listed videos have recorded the embarrassing expressions that stranger act to awkward situation.
This program help me to know the reason and reaction of when people get embarrassed. It also clearly shows how we as audience act to others who are embarrassed.
How do people react when they get embarrassed?
Embarrassment can be seen most clearly in the face. The most obvious sign of embarrassment is the blush, i.e., the colouring of cheeks, ears, or the whole face. In addition, an embarrassed person shows a non-genuine smile (also called a non-Duchenne smile) that does not involve the muscles around the eyes. The person also typically looks down to the left (Keltner, 1995). People also try to turn away from the audience or cover their face with their hands. These signs of embarrassment are often accompanied by nervous laughter. While some people leave the situation as quickly as possible, others seem to 'freeze'.
When and why do we blush?
Blushing is probably the most obvious sign of embarrassment. Some researchers believe that it is a sign of appeasement, i.e. a way to apologise and ask the audience for their forgiveness (Castelfranchi & Poggi, 1990). Research has indeed shown that people who show clear signs of embarrassment are seen as more likeable (Semin & Manstead, 1992).
However, a colouring of cheeks or the face may also indicate a range of very different emotions like love, nervousness or anger. We may also feel embarrassed without blushing. It is therefore important to look at the combination of reactions people show as well as the situation.
What makes some people more and others less likely to feel embarrassed?
Embarrassment is often felt when a norm is unintentionally violated. People who find social norms particularly important and also want to conform to these societal rules should feel more embarrassed when a faux pas happens. Those who care more about what other people think of them and want to avoid rejection are also more prone to embarrassment. Contrary to common belief, people who are easily embarrassed are not necessarily shy or lack social skills (Miller, 1995).