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Sunday, July 10th, 2005, 01:57 AM
Embarrassment has been shown to produce an increased heart rate during the first minute of an embarrassed episode, but heart rate returns to baseline by the second minute. Blood pressure (systolic and diastolic) increases the first minute of the episode, and continues to increase during the second minute. Individuals who try to suppress the embarrassment, had a greater increase in blood pressure both during the episode and after the episode during the recovery period.

Harris, Christine R. (2001). Cardiovascular Responses of Embarrassment and Effects of Emotional Suppression in a Social Setting. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 81 (5), Pgs. 886- 897.

Sunday, July 10th, 2005, 03:24 AM
That's interesting, especially the increased blood pressure in those that try to suppress it. I presume that's due to the additional stress of putting up a front and consciously attempting to rein oneself in.