By Anonymous - 04/11/2013 11:39
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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.
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.
That's what you get for claiming you fought hostile aliens and that you're the sole hero of the known universe.
Not for anything, but how did you not realize your friend who was there was listening too? You deserved it for being oblivious.
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 have a bad habit of doing it all the time. Once or twice is fine, but constantly... you have to learn your lesson somehow.
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 know how she would've behaved, contradictory to his tale? Seems like he wanted to portray the victim & get sympathy/pity from people. However, because you're friends with the girl, had heard what had originally occurred already & knew what the creep was doing, you stood up for the truth and other friend. You probably only spoke what others were thinking...
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 them seem more interesting.