Embarrassment is an emotion. It's a negative form of self-consciousness (Lewis, 2008).  Like any negative emotion, embarrassment can and should be managed. Negative emotions like anger, fear and sadness serve important purposes. The key is learning how to respond to a negative emotion in a positive fashion. Embarrassment isn't all bad. Research shows that people … Continue reading Embarrassment


Stress is a figment of your imagination. Stress is an uncomfortable emotional experience (Baum, 1990) - our psychological response to a perceived threat. That's all it is, and it's all in our heads. Sorry. When I first started studying stress, this realization really pissed me off. I wore my stress like a badge. To me, … Continue reading Stress


Disappointment comes from unmet expectations. Expectations influence behavior. People choose behaviors that they expect will yield an intended result. (Vroom, 1964).  For example, we choose to give our best effort at work because we expect that a hard, high-quality effort will lead to constructive feedback from the boss, new and better assignments, and a nice bonus. When … Continue reading Disappointment