We’ve all experienced a rush of blood to the face when placed in an embarrassing situation. But for some students, fear of ‘going red’ can mar their experience of school and have a detrimental effect on their attainment and wellbeing, finds Chris Parr
Those who blush know when blushing is about to happen. The environment, the context, the people involved…there is a plethora of minor factors that they recognise and know will end with blood rushing to their face, sweat beading on their forehead and a rising sense of panic in the pit of their stomach.
Those who blush also know that schools are an absolute nightmare for blushers, a fact backed by research.
“Blushing occurs in social situations in which people are exposed to others’ attention and worry about their evaluation,” says Milica Nikolic, an assistant professor in developmental ...