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By Anonymous / Monday 4 November 2013 11:39 /
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OP probably forgot that the friend had been there. It happens sometimes. Memory and bullshit are very closely linked in the brain. People can get so swept up in their own bullshit that they start to forget where reality ends and bullshit begins.

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I have a sister that does that all the time. I gave up arguing with her about it because she actually believes her embellishments.

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They're actually called compulsive liars. They tend to have difficulty when dealing with and processing reality so they twist and manipulate it, add or remove parts that did or didn't happen. It's a real problem that can be managed and eventually cured with the right therapy.

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i had a friend who did that. He couldnt admit that anything was a lie, but one time came close and said he was 'stretching the truth'.

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There's a difference between joking around, exaggerating something because its funny, and lying to try to make something seem more interesting or impressive. There's also a difference depending whether your friends know you're embellishing for effect, or whether you're actually trying to make them believe what you're saying is totally true. It sounds to me like OP was probably doing the latter on both counts, which is not okay.

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Not so. Look at Sir David Attenborough, he admits to using embellishments early in his career to get audiences intrigued and hooked on what he was reporting on/narrating.

That's what you get for claiming you fought hostile aliens and that you're the sole hero of the known universe.

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#111 what if they say they're ninjas, so you wouldn't believe them, but in reality they're speaking the truth?

Not for anything, but how did you not realize your friend who was there was listening too? You deserved it for being oblivious.

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The friend is a dick for not having any dramatic flair or sense of humor. A true friend would wait until they were alone then comment about the embellishments, not hang OP in front of everyone so OP could be ridiculed for trying to spice up a story.

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Idk, I have friends who like to embellish. It was fine at first, but every story makes them look like a saint while the rest of us tend to look like idiots in his stories. He told one just the other day about asking a friend of mine out. He made her sound like a rude whore when all she did was politely turn him down. We were in a group of about 10 or 15 people, just chilling. I got sick of it and went off on him. He got upset and left. I hope he has learned his lesson. But really, Op might hav

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You can't spice up a story by painting someone in a bad light, talking yourself up is never ok while belittling another. You and your circle of friends obviously knew the guy embellished things continuously and so had learned to take everything he said with a pinch of salt. Was the girl who he was telling the story about there? If she wasn't, then that's probably why he felt confident in telling the story in the first place. How many other people in the group were also friends with the girl and

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I think this might be the case with Op. I don't call my friends out on their "embellishments" if they are harmless. For the most part, making a story more intense makes it interesting. Unless I know they are lying to hurt someone else or make themselves seem innocent of some crime, there is no problem saying "this crazy woman almost hit me with her car" instead of "this woman didnt see me when I was crossing the street." Op needs to stop lying about things to make

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