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Exaggerations and Beliefs

Psychological Perspectives


September 27, 2018

Ken Silvestro, PhD

Exaggerations are not unusual and, of course, everyone has beliefs, but are the two related? The current atmosphere in the U.S. places each person on a visual pedestal and under observation. Today, we see exaggerations and fixed beliefs being expressed by people in all corners of life. Why is that? Social media is one simple answer with its visible and global access but that's not the complete answer; therefore, understanding the psychology underlying the presence of these two characteristics is critical.

We can easily understand how exaggerations follow from beliefs but we also must unders...

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