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I have searched long and hard to find some kind of statement on the physiology of shame.
Google has failed me like never before.
I have lost my faith and trust in the internet.
What will ever become of me now!!
It is easy to find the physiology of an emotion like anger. When you feel anger this happens
1. In response to an electrical stimulation in the hypothalamus area of the brain,
an extra supply of the hormone adrenaline is secreted and distributed.
2. Respiration deepens.
3. Heart beats more rapidly.
4. Blood pressure rises.
5. Sympathetic nervous system diverts blood from the skin. liver, stomach and
intestines to the heart, CNS and muscles.
6. Digestive processes are suspended. Stomach and intestines virtually stop
their secretions and movements. [Blood diverted to the muscles and heart and
lungs. This 'self transfusion' allows more performance of muscular power.
7. Glucose is freed from the reserves in the liver.
8. Cortisone production is increased in order to depress the immune system.
[Protection from an instant allergy reaction (such as asthma or closing of the
eyes), from a dust up with an attacking foe].
9. Spleen contracts and discharges its content of concentrated corpuscles.
10. Men have an increased supply of the male hormone testosterone. Provides
extra supplies of oxygen to feed the increased blood supply coming into the lungs.
Pumps more blood to the muscles and lungs, to carry more fuel and oxygen to and
from the battle front. This allows 'quick, short distance' energy supply. Fuel for
When you look at it that’s quite a lot of things.
"Eve after the fall". Rodin's famous sculpture - Eve - depicting the shame reaction.
I cannot find anything like this about shame or embarrassment. If you can then you may win a prize if you let me know
I have found stuff like this:
Common body expression and attitudes when one experiences shame include a bowing of the head, an attempt to hide the face possibly with the hands, a blushing of the face and possible sweating, body bent over on itself and possibly a closing of the eyes. It is like the person is endeavouring to make self as small and as invisible as possible and as a result there will be a strong drive to remove self from any company and seek to isolate self for a while.
Of particular interest is blushing or a reddening of the face and cheeks.
Why does that happen? Why don’t the knees redden, why the face?
And what is it?
Is it an increase in the blood flow to the cheeks or what?
It's a good prize if you can help here.