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Vignette 4: Vergüenza Ajena

Vignette 4: Vergüenza ajena
InmaculadaIglesias

‘Vergüenza ajena’ is a distinctive and remarkable variation of embarrassment (and sometimes of shame too). The purpose of this vignette is to focus on the effect of culture on the cluster of emotions that includes embarrassment and shame. We will comment on the emotion of ‘vergüenza ajena’ based on two considerations. First, ‘vergüenza ajena’ is an emotional cultural variation, especially felt by Spaniards but also by most of the Spanish speaking countries. Second, it is an exception that puts into question the most common perspectives on the study of the causes and circumstances of embarrassment.

‘Vergüenza ajena’ is the Spanish expression for empathic embarrassment or vicarious embarrassment. Since this is a common expression in Spanish and we are going ...

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