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This 15 People With Sense Of Humor Who Decided To Have A Laugh At Their Painfully Embarrassing From The Past On platform TikTok

Embarrassing moments are fun to relive if a) they are long after the fact and b) they are relived in a safe environment and not brought up by your best friend on a date. But what makes them so universally funny is that we’ve all been there. Some have had the worst, some the best, but the experience as a whole makes us inherently human.

And that’s what the new TikTok videos are all about. It all started with one TikToker, Michaelslagel, who took the sound of the viral scene from The Real Housewives of New Jersey that user @amiryaassofficial shared to make a connection to the end of Trump’s presidency. He then used it to share his own embarrassing moment when he ran into Ariana Grande.

The idea was immediately picked up by TikTokers, who couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share the moments they remember with sick, painful hilarity. Whether it’s emails sent too soon or unsolicited hugs, here are some of the best funny moments that are so evocative that we totally empathize with these people.

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@nikkithechameleon

Leonard was a bit confused #wakingupinthemorning #fyp #trending

♬ original sound – Amir Yass

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@michaelslagel

yikes #greenscreen #Coming2America #arianagrande #arianator #ariana #meetandgreet #embarrased #awkward #victorious #homediy #viral #fyp #positions

♬ original sound – Amir Yass

Depending on how powerful the embarrassing moment is, meaning how much you invest yourself in it (whether consciously or unconsciously), it either slowly fades from your memory, often giving space for the new embarrassments, or stays for many years to come.

These thoughts about embarrassment usually come back when you least expect them—while shopping for groceries, or having a shower. According to Jacob Goldsmith, a licensed clinical psychologist and coordinator of the Emerging Adult Program at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, “Sometimes the thought is meaningful, and sometimes, it is not.”

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@elizabethao037

By far the most embarrassing moment of my life! #QuickerPickerRapper #fyp

♬ original sound – Amir Yass

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@zps18xo

the amount of friends I have now, portrayed in photos😭 #OurHouse2021 #sad

♬ original sound – Amir Yass

But not every thought is so innocent since “thoughts about past embarrassing experiences may certainly be a part of anxiety or depression,” said Goldsmith. And what we make of these thoughts is crucial in the way we deal with embarrassing memories.

“The trick is to be open to receiving the message—that is, understanding that I need to make a change—without getting caught up in a spiral of rumination, and shame that doesn’t contribute to positive change. If you think the embarrassing thought points to something you can and should change, actually taking action and making change will go a long way to stopping the rumination.”

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@emilyyyhoward

#greenscreen Sorry not sorry erica

♬ original sound – Amir Yass

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@gayathreeee

BYE this is so embarrassing 😭 #fyp

♬ original sound – Amir Yass

But it’s not the memory of the moment itself that feels very real when you revive it years later, it’s the emotions attached to it that make it so hard to forget. This is because we, humans, learn by associating experiences with outcomes.

Your brain brings back unpleasant situations in the form of fear or shame when you find yourself in a situation which is fairly similar to the one that made you embarrassed. This, of course, happens without us being aware of it, and that’s why the emotional burden behind the unpleasant memories is so hard to control.

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@spencewuah

i wish i could explain what possessed me to do this, but i cant #fyp

♬ original sound – Amir Yass

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@mellorlite

Shortly after these pictures were taken I was the only bald kid at my school #drphil #regret #whydididothat

♬ original sound – Amir Yass

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In these moments, refocusing your attention on other things is a great way to get back control of your thoughts. Try catching yourself in the moment you get stuck with the embarrassing memory, define the emotions you’re feeling, and tell yourself it’s all in the past. Remember that whatever the memory, you’re all safe now in the present moment and all the embarrassment has no effect on where you are right now.

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And while distressing memories truly make us who we are today, as we learn to tackle obsessive thoughts, unpleasant emotions, and shame by learning from it and moving on, in some cases, they trigger obsessive thoughts.

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