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Three categories of exaggeration

Three categories of exaggeration

  • Cognitive distortions: Distorted thinking patterns can lead to overestimation (exaggerating the likelihood of an event) or catastrophizing (exaggerating the importance of an event). Exaggeration as a form of cognitive distortion is most common in emotionally-charged situations.
  • Manipulation: This is tied with attention-seeking. At a young age, children start amplifying achievements and obstacles in order to seek attention. Other forms of manipulation such as bragging and boasting are common at all ages to seek attention. Exaggeration in this case is not necessarily intended to hurt the other party.
  • Pathology. Exaggerated all-or-nothing thinking is extremely common in depression. Narcissists display a grandiose sense of self-importance. And catastrophizing is associated with paranoid behaviour.

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  • Be aware of the adverbs and qualifiers you're using such as “incredibly”, “the best” or similar qualifiers. Ask yourself: do these add value to the statement? Are they a true reflection of reality?
  • Use realistic synonyms. Are you “exhausted” or jus...

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