The Psychological Significance of the Blush

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-01-07
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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The blush is a ubiquitous yet little understood phenomenon which can be triggered by a number of self-conscious emotions such as shame, embarrassment, shyness, pride and guilt. The field of psychology has seen a recent surge in the research of such emotions, yet blushing remains a relatively neglected area. This unique volume brings together leading researchers from a variety of disciplines to review emerging research on the blush, discussing in depth issues that have arisen and stimulating new theorising to indicate future directions for research. Topics covered include: the psychophysiology of the blush; developmental aspects; measurement issues; its evolutionary significance and the role of similar colour signals in the social life of other species; its relation to embarrassment, shame and social anxiety; and the rationale for and clinical trials of interventions to help people suffering from blushing phobia.

Table of Contents

The study of the blush: Darwin and after
The Nature of the Blush
Psychophysiology of the blush
Measurement of the blush
Theoretical Perspectives on the Blush
Psychological theories of blushing
Colours of the face: a comparative glance Jan
Self-conscious emotional development
A biosocial perspective on embarrassment
The affective neuroscience of human social anxiety
The Blush in Social Interaction
The interactive origins and outcomes of embarrassment
Performing the blush: a dramaturgical perspective
Blushing and the private self
Signal value and interpersonal implications of the blush
Blushing Problems: Processes and Interventions
Red, hot and scared: mechanisms underlying fear of blushing
Psychological interventions for fear of blushing
Psychological aspects of rosacea
Conclusions, what we don't know, and future directions for research
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