When in the presence of others who are superior in some respect, one’s feelings of inferiority may be intensified. The physical manifestation of this feeling is a shrinking into oneself. The Japanese picture this reaction as a drawing in of the shoulders.
A: Ano paatii wa gakusha to chishikijin no atsumari de ne. Watashi no yooni gakureki no nai mono ni wa chotto katami ga semai yo.
A: The people at that party were mostly scholars and intellectuals. A person like me, who doesn’t have an educational background, feels kind of inadequate.