- Japan Society of Personality Psychology
- パーソナリティ研究 (ISSN:13488406)
- vol.17, no.3, pp.311-313, 2009
The purpose of this study was to examine empathic embarrassment toward others of different psychological distances, and to compare those high on chronic susceptibility to embarrassment and those low. Participants were seventy-five female technical-college students. They completed a questionnaire that used six situations and four actors: oneself, family member, friend, and stranger. They indicated how much embarrassment they felt toward each actor in each situation. Results showed that empathic embarrassment occurred more frequently toward the person of close psychological distance, and those high on chronic susceptibility experienced empathic embarrassment more often.