Have you ever slipped in front of people while wearing high heels? Or, was accidentally dropped a glass in a quiet restaurant? This must be a moment that makes you want to go straight while covering her face.
However, of these embarrassing moments there was a positive effect. That is, you are assessed as a good person, caring, easy to believe that many who want to befriend others. This is according to research by Matthew Feinberg, a psychologist from the University of California.
The new research published online in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology see if maybe this could reveal embarrassing moment of a person's tendency to be prosocial. This means the ability to be a gracious person, trustworthy, and more caring toward others.
To find out who carried out experiments involving 57 college students. They reveal an embarrassing moment ever experienced and recorded in a video. Most of these moments is a waste of gas and stumble when walking.
The students were also asked to complete two tests to measure their generosity and ability to cooperate. Then, from the video recordings, researchers rank how embarrassing moment and how ashamed of the feelings of the students.
Known from this experiment is the signal that was ashamed of the good-hearted attitude. It indicates that you are embarrassed by the attention of others and do not intend to hurt them.
"People are not easy to feel embarrassed valued as a person who is hard to believe and selfish," said Matthew Feinberg, quoted from msnbc.msn.com.
Although shy to express the discomfort, it was revealed Feinberg can help people get information about your character. In fact, it could be a signal that if you describe a good person and can be relied upon.