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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You're Embarrassed

03/16/2015 03:55 EDT | Updated 03/16/2015 03:59 EDT

You know that feeling that makes you want to run and hide? It's embarrassment, and you can feel it through your whole body.

In the short video above, Buzzfeed explains what happens to your body when you get embarrassed. On the outside, embarrassment is easy to spot: you hide your face, begin to blush, start breathing heavily, break into a sweat and maybe even try to run away.

On the inside it's like an explosion: adrenaline starts pumping and blood vessels begin dilating. It's the same fight-or-flight reaction your body has when you are in danger.

While being embarrassed might make you feel like your world is ending, it really isn't. But holding on to that feeling of embarrassment can diminish your self-esteem and self-confidence, says Psychology Today, which recommends acknowledging and learning from embarrassing mistakes instead of letting them fester.

And when your friends won't let that awkward moment go, just smile and laugh — and promise yourself you'll be kinder to them when their time inevitably comes.

Watch the video above to find out why showing signs of embarrassment to others is actually a good thing.

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