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Embarrassed at the Office

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I know this is an odd question, but I’m wondering how to deal with the embarrassment of excessive gas within my workplace. Even though my stomach wasn’t bothering me and I didn’t feel myself pass gas, I guess I did and it smelled awful and everyone in the office was horrified, myself included. I didn’t say anything but I was so embarrassed and ashamed that I didn’t go to work the next day and I have no idea how I’m going to show my face and proceed like nothing happened. I’m sure everyone is still talking about it and now I’ll be known as the girl who passes horrific smelling gas and I feel so incredibly anxious that I don’t want to leave my apartment and go back to work. How can I show my face again? I’m so ashamed. It happened completely unintentionally and I get teary-eyed at the thought of having to go back to the office.

Embarrassed at the Office

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People will move on to the next thing. You are giving the incident too much power in your life. No one knows for certain it was you, they may feel they were being blamed, and the chances are that it isn’t being talked about at all. It is time to go back, not worry and if the condition persists be sure to have it checked out medically.

Wishing you patience and peace,
Dr. Dan
Proof Positive Blog @ PsychCentral

Embarrassed at the Office

Daniel J. Tomasulo, PhD, TEP, MFA, MAPP

Dan Tomasulo Ph.D., TEP, MFA, MAPP teaches Positive Psychology in the graduate program of Counseling and Clinical Psychology at Columbia University, Teachers College and works with Martin Seligman, the Father of Positive Psychology in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is Director of the New York Certification in Positive Psychology for the Open Center in New York City and on faculty at New Jersey City University. Sharecare has honored him as one of the top 10 online influencers on the topic of depression. For more information go to: He also writes for Psych Central's Ask the Therapist column and the Proof Positive blog.

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Tomasulo, D. (2018). Embarrassed at the Office. Psych Central. Retrieved on April 24, 2019, from
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