The feeling of shame you experience on the behalf of another person or a character when they do something stupid or embarrassing.
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An interesting form of empathy. I have imagined being that person, imagining how they feel or will feel, and almost blushing as if I did it. More people are inclined to ridicule that person or laugh at them. I suppose that fits into one of the theories of slapstick 8 other such humor: that we can enjoy the suffering of others because we’re glad it’s not us. However, I’d say that watching staged or scripted humor is healthier than actual suffering. Related to this might be Gallows Humor although oddly it seems more benign.