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  • "A growing body of research shows that far fewer people notice our gaffes than we believe as we pace the floor in private, going over and over the faux pas. And those who do notice judge us less harshly than we imagine. In a series of groundbreaking studies over the last two years, psychologists have shown that the spotlight effect, as they call it, is a universal experience that distorts our egocentric notion about the degree to which people in groups, like parties and work gatherings, pay attention to us."

    - Benedict Carey, It's not all about you, LA Times, 13 Jan 2003.

    October 3, 2010

  • Seems to me that spotlight 'syndrome' might be a better term.

    October 3, 2010