Embarrassing Moments

CAE Use of English Part 2: Open Cloze 4

Read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap.
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'As soon as I'd said it, I realised my mistake,' says Bella, 36. 'l was having a drink (0) with a friend and we were gossiping about this woman we know. I made a joke about her haircut (1) her look like an escaped convict. As we were laughing, I looked around and realised she was in the bar. I (2) have died. I still have no idea if she heard me but I can't think about it now (3) cringing.'
It's easy to sympathise with Bella's situation. (4) hasn't had a moment of awkwardness that has somehow grown out of (5) proportion, so much so that even the memory of it makes us feel sick? Our shame when we make a faux pas is so strong it makes us irrational. We know that, if it happened to anyone else, we'd advise laughing it off, but when it's our own mistake we torture (6) by replaying the moment over and over again. Why is it that little incidents can cause us (7) agony?
Studies show that we consistently overestimate our real worth and abilities. When we make a mistake we're shocked by the reality of our faults. lt's as (8) we suddenly catch a glimpse of how we actually are, rather than how we like to think we are, and this sits uncomfortably with our perception of ourselves.