We all know the telltale signs something is making us uncomfortable. We suddenly begin shaking in our hands, knees, or toes. Then, usually, sweat starts pouring out of every part of our body, making it look like we just ran through a rainstorm underneath a waterfall. Finally, we lose our regular speech functions with everything goes out of sync and our words don't match up to what's in our minds.

What's interesting is that what usually brings about these fits of uncomfortableness differs from person to person, evidenced by the stories below.


Reddit user, u/procastinator3837, wanted to know what makes you squirmy when they asked:

What instantly makes you really uncomfortable?

Like A Cow Chewing Glue

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Mouth noises

annairachelle

Hearing people eat is terrible, but I feel like some of the more common mouth noises are less recognised. For example, ever watched a YouTube video where you can hear the slapping tongue/ saliva noise every time someone pauses and reopens their mouth? Hell.

I_Am_Sweet_Potato

Literal Nightmare Scenario

One toilet public restrooms. I always get paranoid someone will knock directly after I enter and I'll take a long time and just chaos...

Curious-calico

Just Don't Talk About Me

When someone I am not close to or a stranger compliments specifically my body.

I've had coworker and customers do to and it is the absolute worst. Plus they do not stop even when I ask. I hate being treated like a toy or eye candy. I am very introverted and try to put on my hat and hoodie and avoid attention. If someone has advice I will take it.

sadieneedsalife

I'd Prefer Not To Think About How I Was Made

Watching any type of sex/kiss scene with family in the room.

No matter how mild it may be it's always so goddamn uncomfortable.

goobagabu

Just Don't Sing

when people sing lyrics slightly off-key or off-tempo. i don't have perfect pitch, but i can match pitch and if i listen to a song enough, i know when people are off. i try and get them back on track with the right pitch and tempo, but sometimes they get worse and it just makes me want to jump out of a moving car. (yes, i am a musician in case you were wondering. if you weren't wondering, then you just learned a useless fact about a stranger.)

slut4hobi

Not A Fan Of Grizzly Adams, I See

men with lots of facial hair...... its gross, it makes me feel uncomfortable in every way imaginable both sexual and non sexual!

maverick316dx1

Squishing Around The Floor

Wet socks

Zomgojira

My entire skin cringed after reading this. Some horrors really shouldn't be put into words, man.

ferox3

No. No No NO NO NO. No.

Having to go to the bathroom right after someone else just went to the bathroom

TechnoTofu

And the seat is still warm....

norbertisnotadragon

DON'T. YOU. LOOK. AT. ME.

Being the center of attention in basically any way, shape or form.

onemanmelee

I'm a straight female, married for 17 years. I shook soooooooo hard as I walked down the aisle, not because I was nervous about marrying my husband but because people were staring at me. How I didn't puke is beyond me.

DTownForever

You Feel It In Your Gut For The Other Person

Second hand embarrassment. I can't watch other people embarrass themselves on live TV sometimes even shows or movies. I automatically feel bad or embarrassed on their behalf.

NoMorePeopling

Calling Just In Case

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When you're walking around a store looking for something and the security guard follows you...

Chemical_Nose

I actually had walgreens page for customer assistance to my aisle one time after I'd been pacing back and forth for a while. Somebody must have been watching and getting suspicious of me but honestly... I'm just that indecisive sometimes.

sohcgt96

Looks Like Bed Time's Postponed

Getting into bed and my clothes have decided to twist up.

amahler03

There's An Open Seat Over There

When a stranger sits or stands too close to me.

Not talking public transportation but when there is space and they invade my personal space anyways.

oceanblue0714

A Wave Is Fine

Hugging by strangers, or people I just met

AccurateAgent6967

Like Someone Mixing Up Their Words On The News

An embarrassing scene in media.

Second hand embarrassment is strong.

Br00klynShadow

Miss It And It's Gone Forever

The fact that everything dosen't exist forever in this universe. Something can just stop existing and become extinct. This thought makes me feel like my life is useless, if all my hard work will still stop existing at some point

MichaelAgarkov

I'll See You Soon?

When my boss says " I need to talk to you when you get a minute......", then he disappears for three hours.

Bigdodge68

Did I..No? Maybe? Was It Something I...Said? Did? No? Maybe?

When someone is clearly angry around me and it could be because i might have done anything wrong.

Finalgamer2019

Even better, when someone is mad but won't tell you why and just keeps saying "I'm fine" but continues directing their anger at you anyway.

WhisperingWilds

A Relic Of Old-School Teaching Methods

When the teacher/professor says, "Let's go around the room and have everyone introduce themselves"

Just_Village_8818

resting bpm goes from 75 to 150 real quick with that one

cessactdm

We Can All Agree: All Of Our Voices Are Awful And We Shouldn't Speak Anymore

Hearing my own voice and watching a video of myself.

InternationalCut1908

I have been in multiple musicals and shows with the community theater in my town, bought the DVD, and never watched ANY OF THEM EVER. I can't. I completely understand actors who say they never watch their own movies. That would be unbearable.

Dispatcher12

A Fine Line Between "Fun" And "Obnoxious"

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When people start to sing, I've dated a couple of choir girls and they all thought they were the best singers, it's awkward AF

beefyiceman94

I Love when average people start to sing cause they're happy or really like the song but I HATE those people that have like a slightly better voice and sing all the time because they think they sound real good...

It feels plain and really [infuriating] to me.

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