People who exaggerate. Let’s discuss. This topic can go in a lot of different directions. But I’ll just mention a few that I have first hand experience with.
Exaggerating can be done “naturally” without a person really knowing what they are doing. Like they got caught up in the moment and it just happened. I get that. Emotions happen. No harm, no fowl. I think it’s rather endearing to see someone so excited about something that they exaggerate. And I understand that when someone is hurting (physically or emotionally) perceptions are altered. We all get there.
Exaggerating can be done on purpose to be funny. I TOTALLY get that. And I think these people may be some of my soulmates. HA! These people crack me the heck up. And as long as everyone they are exposing to this type of exaggeration is “on-board” with this level of humor, I’m all for it.
Now let’s look at the exaggerating that is done on purpose to gain some sort of sympathy or attention. Ew. I don’t get this. I don’t even want to understand this. I have found that these people will act one way in front of me or others that they are “comfortable” with and in a completely different way in front of other people. Like they realize that under “normal” social conditions that their behavior would be considered unacceptable or would appear odd. Just yesterday I mentioned to someone that perhaps they should not engage in a particular behavior at work that they do in front of me. Their response? “I know.”
If that’s not admitting that they are purposely exaggerating a negative behavior in one setting and not another I don’t know what is. It all just leaves me asking, “WHY?”. I just don’t get it. You can argue that a certain level of “comfort” or “intimacy” must have been reached to allow this level of exaggeration. And that’s a good thing, yes? No. Not. At. All. I look at it as more of entitlement. Like they feel that they can do whatever they want despite how it appears or makes anyone feel. And well … that is just GROSS. REALLY REALLY GROSS. WRONG. TERRIBLE. HORRIBLE. YUCK. NASTY. See what I did there?
Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t OVER THE TOP and ANNOYING!!!