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366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 120

April 29, 2016


Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else
being embarrassed? What’s most likely to make you squirm?

I am an empath, so anytime I see someone being embarrassed, I feel part of their pain. I’ve also had many moments in my past where people have done their best to embarrass me, so I know what that pain feels like on a personal level too.

What will make me squirm the most is if someone embarrasses another deliberately to cause the other person pain. I think that is despicable behavior. I don’t understand the pleasure one would derive from acting that way. Maybe it is because I am a highly sensitive person (HSP), or perhaps just more highly evolved, but that kind of behavior just isn’t on my radar screen. I cannot place myself in that person’s footsteps and understand his/her motive for being so blatantly cruel.

I had this happen to me my senior year of high school. Long story, but I will try to make this brief. The summer that I turned 12, a new family moved in across the street from us. The son was an attractive guy and he seemed nice. He was a year older than I and I had a brief crush on him that summer. He went on to the high school that fall and I was in 7th grade. By the time I went to HS the following year, the crush was long over. I didn’t even consider him that way any longer. Flash forward 3 years and I am graduating a year early with his class. For Class Night, the CN committee gave gifts to each student. Mine was a photograph of that guy with a note attached that read: “You will never get [his name], so here’s a picture to remind you of what you will never have.” I was horribly embarrassed, but more than anything, I was terribly hurt that something so insignificant in my life that occurred 4 years prior became a joke to deliberately hurt me, but that wasn’t the first time that year I had been pranked, humiliated or cruelly attacked. My entire senior year was like that.

So yes, it is the deliberate humiliation that stumps me. The blatant cruelty. I will never understand that mentality and I don’t want to understand it. The thought of hurting another that way creeps me out.

How about you, dear readers? Do you feel uncomfortable when you see someone else being embarrassed? Share your thoughts with me in comments.

  1. Kids are so cruel! In this case, young adults. They should know better.

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