The Most Difficult Emotion to Overcome

October 1, 2014 6:08 PM

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I've taken an informal poll of friends, acquaintances, relatives and random people on the street. Embarrassment is the most difficult emotion to get past in life. Some of us stew in embarrassment for years, and is it any coincidence that if you say the word in slow motion, you hear "I'm Bare-Assed"... ? It's not a lingering feeling that is easy to deal with, and while many questioned Monica Lewinsky's Vanity Fair article beseeching us to bury the blue dress, can you imagine carrying around that stain for two decades?

In my informal poll, 60 percent of participants stated that a work-related incident was to blame for their lingering embarrassment (specifically, mortification that lasted longer than a two-year period), while 40 percent attributed the stress to an embarrassing event that occurred between friends or...

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