Why do we feel the need to exaggerate so much?

“Dude, I swear, he must have said that like, a hundred times.”

While this may actually be plausible, there are times when exaggeration is completely unnecessary and annoying at the very least.

So here, I ask again: why do we feel the need to exaggerate so much?

It’s because of the shock factor. It makes sense. Think about it.

The more shock you give someone (without sounding totally ridiculous), the more attention you will get from them. And once you get that attention, you feel that warm, fuzzy feeling inside of being listened to and having a voice in someone’s day.

And then you turn around and the person you just talked to tells your story, only he exaggerates it more.

Next thing you know, your story is now completely false. What turned from you saving your neighbor’s cat from a tree turns to you fighting hyenas in the African Bush on your way to rescue some dame that nobody’s ever heard of.

And then rumors start. “he lost his leg. The one he has is prosthetic.”

And then you disappear for more shock factor. “My dad…”


Maybe I’m just exaggerating for shock factor.

Who knows?


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