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The evolutionary history of your incredibly awkward feelings

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embarrassed child

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Why do we feel awkward? Embarrassed? Guilty? Read on.

Charles Darwin provided some of the early scientific insights about why humans would be wired for emotions. Darwin hypothesized that in the survival of the fittest, people had to respond quickly to circumstances that threatened their safety or well-being. People did not have the luxury of conscious deliberation when they were under

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