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L'embarras, émotion ambivalente et complexe : une présentation théorique

Abstract : This paper provides a review of the literature on embarrassment, a both complex and social emotion which has been little documented as compared with other self-conscious emotions such as shame or guilt. The first aim of the current note is to define the main characteristics of embarrassment, then to propose a classification of the different models which examines its causes. The second objective is to map and to question the social effects of both experienced and expressed embarrassment, as well as some more straightforward effects (motivational and physiological) on the embarrassed individual. Several ambivalent points are highlighted in order to suggest some perspectives arising from cognitive and social psychology for future research.
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Hélène Maire, Marie-France Agnoletti, Daniel Zagar. L'embarras, émotion ambivalente et complexe : une présentation théorique. Annee Psychologique, Centre Henri Pieron/Armand Colin, 2019, 119 (2), pp.199-242. ⟨hal-02150920⟩



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