Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wednesday Factoid: Blushing

Today's Wednesday Factoid is: Do you blush easily?


That's a boring question, isn't it? There's hardly anything to elaborate on. 

I'll figure out a way to expand on it.

So I'm pretty pale, and theoretically if I was blushy, you'd be able to see it. I guess that means I don't really experience that phenomenon. Especially since when I exercise, I do get visibly flushed.

I think the real issue is I'm not easily embarrassed, or maybe also my emotions don't cause particularly physical reactions. 

Maybe the original thrust of this question is more about whether you're easily affected by things in ways other people can observe.

It kinda depends. Because there's not too much that sends me into emotional turmoil; I keep it together easily for the most part and don't get flustered or upset. When I do get flustered or upset, it seems like my most obvious physical reaction is crying. I would say I cry pretty easily, though it seems to be more common for me to cry about happy things or about emotional things that are not happening to me.

But in addition to this, I'm not embarrassed by things that many other people find embarrassing, I think. The kinds of things other people have described as being devastating (especially when something happens to them in front of a bunch of people) don't seem to affect me the same way. I guess I'm pretty good at playing things off? Or making fun of myself if I deserve it? Or shutting down disrespect if it's cultivated just to embarrass me and I'm able to turn it around on the perpetrator? Or just eating it in a way that doesn't bug me?

For instance, I don't particularly like public speaking, but I'm relatively comfortable doing it. I don't mind having a bunch of eyes on me and I don't worry that the increased pressure might make me mess up. Same with performance; singing in front of a crowd or having a big audience just doesn't heighten fears or make me more likely to make mistakes. (At least, I don't think it does.)

I think that's as far as I can take that relatively limiting question. :]

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