What is physically happening in our bodies when we experience cringe/cringey situations?


For some folks, it’s Scott’s Tots. For others, it’s remembering that really awkward and regrettable thing you said eight years ago that really doesn’t matter but you still *really* wish you never said.

Why do we get that icky, squirmy feeling when we experience something cringey? What, in our bodies, is causing that response?

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the adrenal gland secretes norepinephrine, to cause embarrassment, this way other members of the tribe will read your thoughts and empathize, and cooperate better.