Blushing is an art of expressing ones emotions of excitement through facial appearance be it for self-attention, embarrassment or shame. Blushing usually occurs in a situation, such as arriving late or breaking a social norm or feels he is making, or had made, himself vulnerable to the criticism of others. During the state of Blushing, face turns red, eyes in some cases look downwards and the person stands motionless or continues to be sitting and staring at the floor. Since this action is an automatic response, it is nearly impossible to stop once the action has begun. In fact, the harder one tries to stop blushing; more the face gets red.
Blushing is a normal physiological response that is reddening in the face, neck and/or chest and may result from strong emotions such as embarrassment, anger or excitement.
It is also associated with being in love and talking about the loved ones. Individual’s propensity for blushing is directly linked to their sensitivity to the opinion of others. Blushing plays an important role in our culture. It maintains an interesting link between one’s physical and mental self. What one finds embarrassing or worth apologizing for, can also be seen in an involuntary physical response.
Charles Darwin stated that Blushing is the most complex expression of emotional state of human beings including self-attention, shame, shyness, modesty and described blushing as “the most peculiar of all expressions”.
Leading psycho-physiologists have suggested that blushing is the visible manifestation of the physiological rebound of the basic instinct in a person of fight mechanism when physical action is not possible.
In Idiopathic craniofacial erythema – a medical condition known for blushing, where the sufferer blushes strongly with little or no provocation. Blushing is commonly associated with certain other medical conditions and problems like fever, menopause, and rosacea. Medication used to treat diabetes and high cholesterol also triggers blushing whose action is similar to that of alcohol, hot or spicy foods, and rapid changes in temperature.