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People who get embarrassed also trustworthy

world Updated: Sep 30, 2011 00:08 IST

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Do you get embarrassed easily? Fret not. A study says that people who are easily embarrassed are also more trustworthy and more generous.

Researchers at the University of California have carried out the study and found that embarrassment is a good thing — in fact, embarrassment is one emotional signature of a person to whom you can entrust valuable resources.

Not only are the findings useful for people seeking cooperative and reliable team members and business partners, but they also make for helpful dating advice. Subjects who were more easily embarrassed reported higher levels of monogamy, according to the study.

“Moderate levels of embarrassment are signs of virtue. Our data suggests embarrassment is a good thing, not something you should fight,” said Matthew Feinberg, who led the study.