Dr. Jacob Goldsmith explains why we think about embarrassing experiences years later
According to Jacob Goldsmith, Ph.D., thinking about embarrassing moments in the past is a normal part of how we function. It actually helps us identify opportunities for self-improvement and change our behaviors.
But this habit becomes problematic when it's all-consuming and is "part of a pervasive pattern of negative thoughts about self, [and] anxiety about the past or future. Or, when it causes significant distress and interferes with day-to-day life," says Dr. Goldsmith.