The unwanted exposure of the self: A phenomenological study of embarrassment
The self-conscious emotion of embarrassment has been the focus of much attention by phenomenological and cognitive researchers in psychology. However, although a variety of theoretical models of embarrassment have been proposed, there has been little consensus in the literature. Through a synthesis of prior theory and empirical research, these authors propose a model of embarrassment in which embarrassment is understood to signify the core, essential theme of a self that has been exposed to unwanted attention. Through an empirical, phenomenological method of analysis of data from 6 undergraduate college students, the authors identify 8 themes of embarrassment and relate them through a structural description of the phenomenon. The findings support the unwanted exposure model of embarrassment. © 2006, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
Robbins, Brent Dean and Parlavecchio, Holly, "The unwanted exposure of the self: A phenomenological study of embarrassment" (2006). Articles & Book Chapters. 369.