Whether it's accidentally crashing someone's wedding or mistaking a random car for a taxi, we've all made a complete fool out of ourselves at some point in our lives. And that's why you should stop beating yourself about yours. Even if that moment was so awkward, you wanted the Earth to swallow you. The witnesses of your stupid actions probably forgot all about them since they're too busy obsessing about their own past mistakes.

When Twitter user Andy Ryan posted his most embarrassing story, people immediately started responding to it with their own cringeworthy memories. And I mean responding. Andy's tweet has already received over 80K comments and 559K likes, and the numbers keep growing!

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Foxxy 2 weeks ago

Meh, they already had 387 guests anyway, so what’s one more lol.

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One study says there's a (somewhat) quick way to move past life's most terrible moments. The answer: focusing on everything about the memory except the way it made you feel. "Sometimes we dwell on how sad, embarrassed, or hurt we felt during an event, and that makes us feel worse and worse. This is what happens in clinical depression—ruminating on the negative aspects of a memory," lead researcher Florin Dolcos wrote.

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Debster 2 weeks ago

Cringy but sweet. I would have left her money or a thank you card or gift.

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But we found that instead of thinking about your emotions during a negative memory, looking away from the worst emotions and thinking about the context, like a friend who was there, what the weather was like, or anything else non-emotional that was part of the memory, will rather effortlessly take your mind away from the unwanted emotions associated with that memory. Once you immerse yourself in other details, your mind will wander to something else entirely, and you won’t be focused on the negative emotions as much." In other terms, you take control of the memory. You shape the way it floats through your thoughts. You diminish it.

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Demi Zwaan 3 weeks ago

You people don't lock cars?

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It's quite different than suppressing the bad memory, which is usually effective only in short term and increases chances of anxiety and depression in the long run. For a lot of people it might also be simpler than other emotion regulation strategies, such as trying to recast the negative situation into a positive one.

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Debster 2 weeks ago

Awwww. I would have hugged you still.

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"Looking at the situation differently to see the glass half full can be cognitively demanding," Sanda Dolcos, a co-author on the study said. "The strategy of focusing on non-emotional contextual details of a memory, on the other hand, is as simple as shifting the focus in the mental movie of your memories and then letting your mind wander."

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Debster 2 weeks ago

I can relate

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Debster 3 weeks ago

Awww you were 7. Not cringy but cute.

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Mark 3 weeks ago

Just goes to prove that pretty much any grandma is a nice person to talk to even if you aren't related.

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Hans 3 weeks ago

Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrg! But seriously: if you change a full diaper and continue eating (be it merely licking something off the arm), you have some issues!

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Debster 3 weeks ago

Oh lord!! Good thing she wasn't a gun toting lady.

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Hope Floats 3 weeks ago

This reminds me of my daughter, who went to Malaysia around the age of 10, with her grandparents. She was playing in the pool with her grandad, when just as she dived in, he got out. Seeing her 'granddad's feet', she proceeded to tickle them, only to resurface and discover a very confused Chinese man, leaving the pool.. Twenty years later, she still cringes at that..

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Debster 2 weeks ago

Hmmm did they think you were car jacking them like the story above?

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Debster 2 weeks ago

Ha ha ha ha ha

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Debster 2 weeks ago

Ha ha ha ha

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Rowlie 2 weeks ago

I'd say that is not a good advertisment for the nursing home

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glowworm2 2 weeks ago

Never ever ask that question, even in jest. Chances are that someone actually died.

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Debster 2 weeks ago

Aww poor kid.

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Demi Zwaan 3 weeks ago

"Person of restricted growth"? Why would you call them that? They're just short people or dwarves.

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ADHORTATOR 3 weeks ago

smart little boy

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Jesper Rasmussen 2 weeks ago

As a kid I dit NOT pinch my mum’s butt. Or ever.

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frederic eeckman 2 weeks ago

I'm sorry but sometimes I'm really wondering what's happening with people. Of course it can happen, and I'm not judging that, but you stayed a while, you ate, and you were leaving ? And you did not a single time talk about the camp your child was supposed to go to ?

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Demi Zwaan 3 weeks ago

Well, you might have been right...

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Debster 2 weeks ago

Cringeworthy

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Hans 3 weeks ago

Only in the US could this incident get you killed...

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Rowlie 2 weeks ago

It wasn't crystal clear to You then

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Debster 2 weeks ago

Cringy but understandable

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Hans 3 weeks ago

Actually, this is not embarrasing but helpful!

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Max L. 2 weeks ago

Well, at least it wasn't the nineties in french... know how they say 90 ? "four times twenty ten". ("quatre-vingt dix", pronounced "Quatr'e'vent dis") but not in french switzerland where they invented a new word from scratch.

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Ellie 2 weeks ago

Man that one would have been hard to live down in school. At least they were nice about it.

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Debster 2 weeks ago

Bahhhhhaaaa

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Tiny Dynamine 2 weeks ago

Not really embarrassing, though.

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