Exaggeration

“I got my grade and did well but that was the hardest test I ever took!”  “I got the job but the interview was the most stressful in my life!”  Research has shown that, for some people, after they achieve a success, they exaggerate the difficulty of the achievement.  It speaks to their desire to increase their self esteem and feel better about themselves.  Scott Eidelman, Ph.D. and Monica Biernat, Ph.D. studied people who found out that they had succeeded in an important task.  The people with shaky self esteem raised their standards of success AFTER they had achieved their goal.  They created obstacles after celebrex cost the task ended.     Why?

First, people take pride in succeeding at difficult tasks.

Second, people manage threats to their self esteem by inflating their successes – afterward.

Exaggeration happens more often in situations where your confidence is lowered.  With experience and increased confidence, people go in the opposite direction – they minimize the work that it took to succeed.

If you want to read about Scott Eidelman and Monica Biernat’s study, look at the May issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2007, volume 92, #5.

 

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