The Science of Awkwardness


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Published: 4 years ago
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Sources and extra links below!
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me on instagram: http://www.instagram.com/electricpants
music by http://www.youtube.com/JakeChudnow

Embarrassment and prosociality: http://ist-socrates.berkeley.edu/~keltner/publications/FeinbergWillerKeltner2012.pdf

Empathetic Embarrassment:

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/19/332760081/the-opposite-of-schadenfreude-vicarious-embarrassment
http://healthland.time.com/2011/05/05/why-your-embarassment-causes-me-so-much-pain/

Cringe subreddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/cringe

awkward hug gifs: http://giphy.com/search/awkward-hug

Embarrassment: http://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/11/embarrassment.aspx

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (on YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/obscuresorrows

“Why Are We Morbidly Curious?” (related Vsauce video): http://www.youtubesmov.com/mov/o0yt6IMMdbZ/vid.html?

social rejection and physical pain: http://www.pnas.org/content/108/15/6270.full

Social awkwardness and genetics:

http://news.sciencemag.org/social-sciences/2009/11/socially-awkward-check-your-genes
http://www.snpedia.com/index.php/Rs53576

Psychology experiments that test the breaking of social norms are called “breaching experiments”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breaching_experiment

Stage Fright: http://business.uni.edu/buscomm/Presentations/stagefright.html

Oxytocin:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxytocin
http://www.psyneuen-journal.com/article/S0306-4530(13)00211-4/abstract?cc=y

Oxytocin and fear/anxiety:

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-07/nu-tlh072213.php

negativity bias: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negativity_bias

more negative emotions than positive:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156001/
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-the-name-love/201007/are-negative-emotions-more-important-positive-emotions

Eleanor Roosevelt quote: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/26110-you-wouldn-t-worry-so-much-about-what-others-think-of

“in you 20s and 30s…” quote: http://www.ihhp.com/equotes/

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows: http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com

The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows (on YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/user/obscuresorrows

“sonder” gif: http://i.imgur.com/zxBZ0vF.gif


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6:45 that happens every single time i play a stressful video game and now i know why.

7 hours ago

Awkwardness

Michael: But what is the main character of the universe?

1 day ago

He’s basically explaining my life

1 day ago

I dont have a fight or flight response. I have a fight or flight or shyte response.

1 day ago

Can anyone tell me the name of the outro music?

2 days ago

We're all holographic fractals of God, so everyone who has a soul literally is the center of the Universe. It's just that most ppl don't realize it. That's all. Simple... :-\

2 days ago

0:27 you can hear her crack up

3 days ago

The fact that I’m continuously clicking on vsauce videos one after another in my free time goes to show that learning/school can actually be fun if it’s done in a certain way

3 days ago

0:00 - 1:13
stop saying things i do on a daily basis

5 days ago

We got GOT! 00:18

5 days ago

Vsauce: talks about awkwardness for a bit
Also vsauce: Who is the main character of the universe.

6 days ago

In extremely good at small groups and sometimes one on one but in general it's hard for me to even shop without feeling awkward ?? This is amazingly explained my psychiatrist needs to watch these videos.

6 days ago

I’m so easily vicariously embarrassed, I will close my eyes and plug my ears during cringe moments in shows and movies 😭 I just can’t handle the awkward! My teeth grind, face flushed, and my chest squeezes. I can’t get cringe humor because I am so physically effected by it.

1 week ago

God job the start of the vid already feels rather awkward

1 week ago

I feel called out

1 week ago

6:23 When you are reporting in the front of the class.

1 week ago

Wow I never noticed Micheals eyebrow language

It’s just fascinating

1 week ago

when vsauce was explaining this i only was thinking about how goddamn big his forehead is.

1 week ago

his fly is down in the beginning lol

1 week ago

So basicly real life is an MMO

1 week ago

-But what IS awkwardness?
-Why is it good?
-WHO IS THE MAIN CHARACTER OF THE UNIVERSE

One of these things is not like the others...

1 week ago

We call it Stranger Shaming.

1 week ago

This video implies that I am 60 years old

1 week ago

whats the music at 8:24

1 week ago

I always get cold fingers and nose whenever i'm scared! This explains why

1 week ago

This guy has forgotten more than I know. Ugh

1 week ago

I struggle intensely with social anxiety (and general anxiety) and this video has been a massive help. I watch it before I go out. I feel awkward in just about every social setting, and the knowledge that other people won't obsess over my awkward behaviour the same way I do is a big help. That something that seems massive to me is tiny to others. I'm 31, been seeing psychologists and physiatrists since I was 14, and this 13 minute video has been more helpful than the years of psychiatric help 😂.

1 week ago

Once my driver instructor held out his left hand to grab a paper and i gave him a hand shake... hate my life

1 week ago

Wow thank you

1 week ago

0:18 Gottem

1 week ago