International Handbook of Social Anxiety: Concepts, Research, and Interventions Relating to the Self and Shyness

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Chapter 14
Blushing

Robert J. Edelmann

BLUSHING AND EMBARRASSMENT

Situations Evoking Blushing

THE NATURE OF BLUSHING: PHYSIOLOGICAL ASPECTS

THEORETICAL EXPLANATIONS FOR BLUSHING

Blushing as Appeasement

Blushing as Affiliation

Social Evaluative Account

INDIVIDUAL VARIATION IN BLUSHING

Age and Blushing

Gender and Blushing

Cultural Differences in Blushing

Individual Differences in Blushing Propensity

CHRONIC BLUSHING AND SOCIAL PHOBIA

FUTURE DIRECTIONS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

REFERENCES

Charles Darwin (1872/1998, p. 310), writing more than a century ago, commented:

Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of human expressions. Monkeys
redden from passion but it would take an overwhelming amount of evidence to
make us believe that any animal can blush.

Using both his own and the observations of others Darwin noted that:

The young blush more freely than the old but not during infancy;

The blind do not escape; The tendency to blush is inherited;

In most cases the face, ears and neck are the sole parts which redden.

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