Our expert says:
Aha. And on the internet --- nobody knows if you're blushing !
And blushing is something of a vicious circle, isn't it ? Fearing that you MIGHT blush tends to make it more likely that you WILL blush, and so on.
I find blushers always seem to over-estimate both whether others even notice that they're blushing, and whether anyone else, even if they notice, actually cares ! And the rude people who comment on anyone else's blushing are themselves so conspicuously stupid, that they make far more of a fool of themselves than of anyone else.
Some call the fear of blushing Erythrophobia, which is pictureaque, but not terribly helpful.
Actually, a psychologist, using behaviour therapy / CNT can probably help you both to gain control over the blushing itself, and to lose the fear of blushing anyway. And there can be a relationship with social anxiety disorder, for which CBT is also an excelent treatment.
Sorry to hear of your nasty shopping experience --- the manager should have sacked the cashier on the spot, not for making a mistake about the price, but for being inexcusably rude about it And he should have at least scolded her then and there, and praised you for standing your ground when you were right. How awful to make you feel bad for not wanting to pay double the correct price.
Yes, you can gain control over this --- see a good psychologist, and get to work on this soon,
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