Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?
Yes, I do feel uncomfortable when I see someone else being embarrassed. I guess I place myself in the other person’s place and imagine how I’d feel if I were in that same situation and feel what they are feeling. I hate to see anyone being embarrassed or being made a fool of by anyone. It’s a terrible thing.
The thing that really makes me squirm is when someone makes a personal attack on someone else. When a person attacks another person’s personal situation or family. That is a low blow. It’s one thing to go after someone’s political or religious beliefs, but it’s quite another to tear down someone’s living situation or their family. Those are things that should be off-limits to other people. For example, to talk about a person’s divorce proceedings in a group setting is just not right or the problems they are having with their child should not happen. Their political leanings, on the other hand, are fair game. Maybe even their religious beliefs, especially if they have been very vocal about them with the group. Even social issues can be discussed, as government and foreign policy, where they stand or issues such as these things.
But I draw the line at personal attacks on individuals. I really am very uncomfortable when someone attacks another person personally and embarrasses them deliberately. It is mean and cruel. It should not happen. There is no need for it. It isn’t civilized. It isn’t playing fair.