For those who live their lives in a constant state of embarrassment over their latest slipup or blunder, there may be some hope: Showing embarrassment makes others perceive you as more trustworthy.
In the experiments, some participants “…viewed videos of students recalling their embarrassing moments, while others just saw photos of embarrassing reactions.
In both cases, the observers viewed others who acted embarrassed as more generous and trustworthy than people that acted unscathed by a potentially embarrassing event. The researchers also found that participants trusted others who showed signs of embarrassment in an economic simulation, too.”
Yet another piece of evidence that the right response to a mistake isn’t to deny and dodge blame.