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11 March 2008 @ 10:21 am
things I need to fix about myself #138  
For the most part, I try to be honest, but in conversation, I have an irritating tendency to drift into hyperbole, often without any obvious cue to the listener, which makes it even worse. My regret is instantaneous, but I hate to weigh down a conversation with repeated explanations of "obviously I'm exaggerating." This is one of many reasons why I prefer to avoid arguments, because it really comes out when I'm feeling defensive.

 
 
Listening to: The Three O'Clock - "Tomorrow"
 
 
 
Professor Mortis: Dr.Timprofessormortis on March 11th, 2008 03:36 pm (UTC)
Perfect butt. Perfect.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: drooling monkeyassmonkeydiary on March 12th, 2008 03:07 pm (UTC)
Hyperbolic, yet true....
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on March 12th, 2008 03:11 pm (UTC)
I calls 'em likes I sees 'em.

Of course, there are many perfects-todays is top flight as well...so maybe "perfect" means little from me....

Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: green grassassmonkeydiary on March 12th, 2008 03:13 pm (UTC)
Perhaps there are just some realms were perfection is more-easily acheived.
Professor Mortis: Timprofessormortis on March 12th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Hey, you gotta have a lot of shapes and sizes to make up the great ass rainbow.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: silly: for fun seekers onlyassmonkeydiary on March 12th, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
Lucky is the leprechaun guarding the gold at the end of THAT rainbow....
lollygaggerylollygaggery on March 11th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Is the hyperbole really that subtle, or are your conversation partners just being dense? Example(s)?
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: joslin zoomassmonkeydiary on March 12th, 2008 01:21 pm (UTC)
No, I assume that more than half the people realize it's hyperbole and think--quite reasonably that--I'm trying to manipulate them. And the rest probably accept what I'm saying either because of the confidence I'm feigning or because it's not really registering.

But if I did something funny with my facical expression or voice as I spoke the hyperbole (assuming I can't stop it altogether) I'm hoping that people would get my hint and mentally adjust whatever number I'm giving them to a value that they find more likely.

lipbylipbylipby on March 11th, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Did you ever start telling a story and, in the middle of it, realize it wasn't all that interesting? You're then faced with the prospect of watching people stare at you in complete boredom or start, you know, making sound a little more interesting than it probably ways.

That never happens to me.
Diary of an Ass Monkey: amd: fishingassmonkeydiary on March 12th, 2008 01:27 pm (UTC)
Never, of course!

But I have found myself in the presence of such people before, in which case, I usually feel the need to rescue them with something like, "But the really interesting part about that story is that he was suckling a baby monkey while he was doing it!" or "And it turned out later that the parking lot attendent had been murdered!"