What is the inverse of schadenfreude?
January 18, 2012 4:51 PM Subscribe
What is the word (not necessarily in English) for feeling acute embarrassment for another person? And in a particular kind of situation...
posted by zardoz to Human Relations (14 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I'm thinking of a situation in which the person is naively serious and somewhat melodramatic about a situation that others--namely me--would find trivial at best. In other words, they are taking themselves very seriously--and treating their situation very seriously--but no one else really is. Or that person is inflating their self-importance in a situation in which he/she isn't important at all.
To me, witnessing this behavior is really awkward and cringe-inducing. Does it have a name?