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How Embarrassing!

For some people, the only thing worse than having toilet paper stuck to your shoe or a piece of spinach in your teeth is having to be the one that tells someone they do.  According to new research, how quickly you tell someone when they’re suffering from one of these little embarrassments- or if you even tell them at all- actually says a lot about your personality.  A study found that people who are most afraid of being embarrassed themselves are the slowest to point out someone else’s easily correctable flaw, and in many cases, avoid the awkward situation all together! Experts say people’s fear of being embarrassed plays a significant role in influencing their behavior, particularly their willingness to intervene and help someone else.  Come on, what are friends for? Do you point out others’ correctible flaws, such as when they have something on their face or in their teeth?  Or do you avoid it because it feels too awkward? Photo credit SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget via Flickr

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