Urgh, second degree embarrassment. Second degree embarrassment, also sometimes refereed to as secondhand embarrassment, is when you feel embarrassed for someone other than yourself. I have mixed feelings about that. It’s as if feeling embarrassed for yourself wasn’t enough, you have to feel embarrassed for other people as well.
I get embarrassed really easily. And when I say really easily, I mean really easily. And for some reason, I happen to really emphatic and prone to second degree embarrassment to the point when PDA is kinda weird for me. Innocent PDA, like simple pecks on the check, too. You can kind see why second degree embarrassment might be a bit of a problem for me.
Second degree embarrassment is like a double edged sword. On one hand, I kind of appreciate it. To me, most of the time second degree embarrassment proves the author has done a good enough job bringing the characters to life to the point where I can feel embarrassed for them. Then again, I do experience second degree embarrassment and embarrassment in general pretttty easily…
That being said, I hate getting embarrassed and I hate, hate, hate feeling embarrassed. It’s just a really yucky feeling to me. It’s just so blah and urgh. Yuck! I hate it so much that sometimes I wind up skipping or skimming/scanning pages just because I can’t stand it. And to be honest, I have DNFed books before because I could not handle the second degree embarrassment. If I’m embarrassed so much for a character that I’m reading the book by peeking through my fingers, I’m probably not going to finish it.
How do you feel about second degree embarrassment?
Love it? Hate it? Don’t really care?
Are you like me in any way when it comes to second degree embarrassment?
(Please tell me I’m not alone).