A blush forms a pink tinge in the face as a result of embarrassment or shame. It is only typical to humans. Charles Darwin describes it as “the most peculiar and most human of all expressions”.
Why does it happen?
The reasons for blushing differs from person to person. Some people may blush when they’re being praised, it happens to some when they are caught in a wrong act, others when they’re being made the center of attention and some even blush when they’re threatened.
It is the body’s natural way of communicating your emotion.
For most people this emotion is shame or embarrassment.
For me I happens mostly when am being praised, I really can’t help that one.
Does it change how someone views you?
It doesn’t make people think of you as shy or less confident.
There are even certain instances when people who blush are considered nicer and more reliable than those who don’t.
Lets take for instance a situation where you find your seat mate spying on your booklet during an examination.
What attitude of his would make you more sympathetic?
Surely a little tinge on his face which would show shame on his part for what he was caught doing.
For a very dark skinned person, it could be more obvious which is in contrast to a light skinned person where you could actually see the pink or red tinge.
How can I stop blushing?
One way to accomplish this is by intentionally trying to blush, yup, I said it. Mike McClement, Founder Think Confidence and writer at selfgrowth says: “Vicious circles, like the blushing-embarrassment one, tend to take on a perpetual nature.
The only way to stop blushing is to create a short-circuit. By drawing brief but intentional focus to it, you can stop blushing in its tracks.”
When you ‘intentionally’ blush, your emotional response will not be one of utter embarrassment and devastation but one of acceptance.
Recognize that blushing is a normal human response and there is no point fighting it.
Blushing is a subconscious reaction and you are not directly responsible for it.
Adapt your mind to accept the fact that blushing is completely natural and you cannot help but blush in certain situations because fearing blushing will only cause the actual blushing to become worse.
You will notice that once you have accepted that blushing is natural, you can start to retrain your body to stop blushing.
On a physiological level, blushing is nothing more than too much blood flow to your face. By learning how to redirect the blood flow elsewhere you can physically stop blushing and reduce the berry-red look of a blush.
By harnessing the power of your imagination, and a little practice, you can, for example, focus on your hands heating up and thereby detract blood flow from your face, and stop blushing.
Along with focusing on making changes to the physiology of blushing, you can harness your imaginative mind to retrain your body about how it reacts in known ‘blush-likely’ scenarios.
Visualize yourself at upcoming events where you are cool and calm instead of crimson and flushed.
You are actually re-programming your brain, and sending your subconscious the message not to blush in the actual event.
So in summary, to help you stop blushing…
— Make conscious effort to blush. Create a short circuit and stop blushing in its tracks.
— Accept it is your body’s natural response. It’s your subconscious mind working. You are not responsible, and in fact blushing can be a positive thing.
— Direct the blood flow elsewhere.
— Visualize yourself staying calm and cool in common blushing scenarios.