JusJoJan: Humiliate

I don’t like being teased or made fun of, even in jest – I really don’t find it funny at all. Being both fair skinned and fair haired I’ve always been prone to blush at the slightest provocation, then find myself squirming with even more embarrassment as I feel my face burning with shame at my obvious discomfort. And I tend to develop angry red blotches, too, whenever I feel anxious or under stress.

I was verbally bullied at school for a while, and the particular form of bullying was borne of highlighting something – anything – about me that was perceived to be different and nastily making fun of it, turning me into an instant object of ridicule, and then when everyone turned to look at me, the lead bully always encouraged wider participation by laughing and jeering even more and making fun of my excrutiatingly painful humiliation.

As an adult I’ve learned instead to gently make fun of myself for blushing before anyone else comments on my clearly reddening complexion, taking the heat out of the situation (and hopefully my face) and letting the moment pass without too much fuss. Oh, and a neutralising mask of make-up worn in public always helps, too! πŸ™‚

JusJoJan: Humiliate

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5 thoughts on “JusJoJan: Humiliate

  1. roseelaineblog January 11, 2018 / 2:23 pm

    I blush too, some people find it attractive, I feel it shows how I’m feeling which is usually uncomfortable 😣 unless I blush with pleasure, that’s acceptable 😊

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  2. Judy E Martin January 11, 2018 / 3:01 pm

    I am a blusher too Ruth, and it is so embarrassing. Kids can be particularly cruel though and often seem to enjoy picking on people.

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  3. debyblogs January 11, 2018 / 6:53 pm

    Glad you got a coping mechanism that works. That’s a win right there.

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  4. wendyj59 January 12, 2018 / 10:42 am

    I also suffered from the dreaded red blotches – I used to be very careful with my wardrobe and scarves were a blessing!

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