New York Times
| by Neil Gross

In a June 16 New York Times op-ed, Dana Professor of Sociology Neil Gross delves into the historical analysis of embarrassment and the function it has in modern-day society. “The embarrassed individual is a functioning member of society, attuned enough to the dynamics of interpersonal interaction that his or her body responds reflexively to a perceived breach,” Gross writes. “Embarrassment is a signal that family, school, and peer groups—the main institutions that socialize us—are doing their job.”

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