Tuesday, August 2, 2016

so fremdscham

I get embarrassed on behalf of others easily. When it comes to myself, I lack shame. But outside of me, it's embarrassment city.

The German people have a word for this, Fremdscham or Fremdschämen. This is when shame is felt for actions done by someone else or it is the experience of vicarious embarrassment. So I thought I would make a list of things that give me this uncomfortable feeling.
  • Selfie taking in public
  • When someone says something ignorant or stupid
  • Watching "The Office"
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Seeing someone hurt themselves
  • Most on-screen kissing
  • Overly drunk people
  • Bad mimes and comedians
  • Mispronunciations of wine names
  • Heavy makeup
  • Racism
  • Awkward plugs in media (to sell stuff -- not the practice of sticking large objects in gauged ears) 
  • Rob Riggle
  • Witnessing an argument between strangers
  • Adolescences trying to be cool but instead being loud-obnoxious-hooligans
Does anyone else experience this?

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