Eli5:what muscles are responsible for the cringe sensation? Why does your body react the way it does when such an event occurs?

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Eli5:what muscles are responsible for the cringe sensation? Why does your body react the way it does when such an event occurs?

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It’s a physical reaction to an emotional trigger. The whole ‘cringe’ thing is sympathetic embarrassment, as we put ourselves in the subject’s place and imagine how we’d feel in that situation.

Like i hear a story about man or woman hitting the center bar on a bike with their crotch, i immediately close my legs and grab crotch. Or the vids where the person falls real bad.
Im probably overreacting to some degree.

your brain is still that of a caveman, sometimes it has trouble discerning between physical damage and social damage. when you’re about to get run into by something you “cringe” to protect your head and vital organs from major damage. knowing the emotional and social implications of someone doing something embarrassing sends a signal to your brain that you’re seeing something “dangerous” and your immediate reaction is to protect yourself.

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platysma, depressor labii inferioris, depressor anguli oris, risorious, orbicularis oculi, and i think mentalis. probably not the answer you were looking for. probably not eli5. dont know why im typing this.