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The How-To Lounge: Handling Embarrassing Moments

I don’t care who you are; embarrassing moments happen to all of us. But countering a humiliating situation with awkwardness only makes it worse. Instead, with a little grace, it’s easy to put an embarrassing situation behind you in no time. To check out my hints on how to deal with the agony that follows a public fall or a foot-in-the-mouth moment,


  • Unless you’ve made a serious mistake — think political sex scandal — the best fix is to just laugh it off. Wouldn’t you rather people were laughing with you than at you? So find the humor in the situation and have a good belly laugh.
  • Once you’ve laughed it off, don’t continue to draw attention to the incident. Talking about it endlessly isn’t going to erase anything from anyone’s mind.
  • For whatever reason, even if we stop referencing our slipups directly, we sometimes end up channeling our embarrassment into our actions for some time afterwards. Again, this doesn’t help anything and only serves to create the potential for more awkward moments, so just act normal.
  • If others continue to bring it up, don’t get angry or attack them. Should you find that your feelings are hurt by their commentary, it’s OK to let them know. Just say that you feel foolish and you’d like to let it go.
  • If your embarrassing mishap is something more serious, the best method to get through it as quickly as possible is to confront it head on. Acknowledge your mistake, make an apology if necessary, allow for others to talk about it, and then, move on.

Just remember that no matter what foolish mistake you make, someone else has done something worse and made it through — and you will too!


lemuse20 lemuse20 9 years
Good tips! :) Something that has helped me deal with being embarressed is: don't be too hard on yourself. Sometimes it doesn't matter if everyone else has forgotten about it but you, if you let yourself let go of your silly moment, then that's all that really matters. I struggled with being too hard on myself and thinking about my day, reeling over stupid things I did, and had that horrible feeling hanging over me. Now I feel like I can laugh about the silly stuff.
Random2 Random2 9 years
I'll generally try to laugh it off and make fun of myself, then move on. And try to do the same around other people 'cause I hate it when someone keeps revisiting something stupid that I did.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 9 years
Ahhh embarrassment I know that emotion oh too well. Dearsugar your advice is definetly the best way to handle it I try to laugh it off too while my face turns red LOL :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I hate when people keep bringing it up. Ugh!!
Cynnie Cynnie 9 years
I have to agree with the hands...they're HUGE !!! lol Anyways, I'm a goof. So, I HAD to learn to laugh it off and brush it off immediately lol....
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Great tips. People will forget about it sooner than you will so just relax. PS. Yeah HUGE hands lol. I didn't notice that until it was pointed out.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 9 years
I didn't notice that at first but I kind of see what you mean. It's like their bigger than her face or something. In re: to the post, I am a bit of a klutz so I learned early on just to laugh at myself and not act embarrassed.
lattegoodness lattegoodness 9 years
Um... I know this is off topic, but does anyone else think the lady in that picture has gigantic hands?!
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