This is why you cringe when someone else embarrasses themselves

When Jennifer Lawrence falls on a flight of stairs in her own home, she gets up, brushes herself off, and goes on her way. But five years ago she didn’t: she face-planted on live television in a gown, walking up steps to Dolby Theatre stage on her way to accept an Oscar, and covered her face in embarrassment. And simultaneously, most people watching cringed—or at least felt a pang of embarrassment for her in their chests.

“You need an audience to feel embarrassed,” says Frieder...


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