We all do things that we don’t want to talk about or would never confess to doing. Not because they’re prohibited but because they are extremely embarrassing. Curious to know what these are?
Then, read on to find out 10 embarrassing things that most people do when they think no one is watching. Did you do anything that left you completely mortified?
Waving at someone who wasn’t actually waving at you
I’m sure it has happened to you at some point in your life: not realizing in time that the person you’re waving at was not really waving at you but at someone else. It can’t get any awkward than that! What can you do to recover from such an embarrassing moment? Continue waving, pretending you’re waving at someone else or walking away as fast as your feet can take you like nothing ever happened?
Having your own mini-concert in the car
There’s no better feeling than hopping in your car at the end of a long, busy day, turning on the radio and singing along to your favorite jam like there’s no tomorrow. Anyone driving to work, day in day out or spending quite some time in the car knows what I am talking about. And it’s not just singing, it’s playing all sorts of instruments like you’re a one-man-band.
You play the drum, fervently touch the imaginary strings of the bass guitar and just when you are about to hit that high note, you make eye contact with someone in a car next to you and just like that…the concert is over!
It’s ok, you can admit it! Most of us have done it and science even has a name for it. It’s called egosurfing and it is practiced by more than 47% of Americans with Internet access. Searching yourself online is not the embarrassing part, it’s the getting caught stalking yourself on Google part that’s super awkward. But, hey, if you are an amazing person, who can blame you for wanting to see what others see?
Checking yourself out in a window reflection
We all do it and it is actually hard not to, what with all the mirror-quality reflective windows of stores, office doors, cars and even IPads. You can’t help but check yourself out, either to fix your hair, adjust your blouse, or simply liking what you see. But it seems that every time you admire yourself in some reflective glass, someone’s there to witness your interaction with your reflection and make you feel embarrassed.
Talking to your pet like it’s a real person
If you’re wondering why your dog is looking at you like you’re a complete lunatic while you’re sharing some important news, that’s because some might think you sort of are. Your dog can’t understand a word you’re saying; he’s just waiting for you to finish your babbling and feed it or give it an ear massage.
But don’t worry, “talking to our pets is absolutely natural, “says psychology professor at Western Carolina University, Hal Herzog. “Human beings are natural anthropomorphizers, meaning we naturally tend to [ascribe] all kinds of thoughts and meanings to other things in our lives.” This doesn’t mean it’s not embarrassing when someone else witnesses the conversation.
Checking under your bed to make sure there’s no “monster” underneath it
The bogeyman might not scare you now, when you’re in your thirties like it used to when you were a very impressionable kid, but old habits die hard. Sometimes, as embarrassing as it may be to admit it, you find yourself checking underneath the bed or behind the curtain to make sure there’s no one there.
Wearing headphones with no music to avoid talking to other people
You can’t just tell someone you don’t feel like talking, can you? But what you can do instead (most of us have already done it) is putting your headphones on and pretending that you are listening to music to avoid any type of conversation.
It’s not that you’re anti-social, it’s just that you’re more productive when you are listening to music. Just don’t forget you’re not supposed to hear anything around you! Refrain yourself from interfering in any of the conversations if you don’t want to blow your cover!
Pretending not to see someone in public
“Did she see me? No, she didn’t. Just keep walking, a few more steps and I’m safe!” Does this sound familiar to you? If it does, then you surely know that the person you’ve been trying so hard to avoid saw you for sure.
People resort to all sorts of tricks to avoid talking to someone, from looking at their mobile phones to searching their purse or looking the other way to avoid eye contact. It’s not that you like ignoring people, but sometimes, you just don’t feel like being social.
Pacing the house when you’re on a long phone call
Many people do it and it’s actually quite normal, despite looking funny. It turns out moving from one room to another during long phone calls holds some solid scientific sense. On-the-phone-pacing is a perfectly normal reaction to the absence of any visual feedback you usually receive during a conversation.
However, as normal as it is, you can’t help but feel a little bit embarrassed when you realize how many trips you’ve made from the living room to the bedroom and back.
Screaming at fictional characters on TV
This shows you are a passionate person. However, there are two things you need to keep in mind. One, the people you are yelling at are not real, they’re just actors following a script. Two, no matter how loud you scream, they won’t be able to hear you. But your neighbors will!