Minimizing, cutting and exaggeration.

Minimizing, cutting and exaggeration tell us a lot of things about a person.
When someone wants to influence you, then can minimize or exaggerate actions, emotions, attitudes, situations.
Minimize and exaggeration has an important place in current speaking, because people are trying to get into conversation’s oratorical tone, and perhaps theatricality attitude.
What minimization has to do with modesty?
Personal achievements and accomplishments of others are minimized by those who support modesty. People tend to minimize also personal achievements. Minimizing occurrences makes the situation seem less important than reality.

Minimization theory states that allows people to pretend that things are less important than they are, which in turn allows them to deny what they actually believe about themselves or about others.
If someone has the intention of how not to be understood by another person, then will use minimization or will cut the word. Reduction of words that people often use to minimize unethical behavior are: sort of, barely, no big deal, not more than, only a little, all I did was, kind of, once, just, merely.

Let’s see Eric Berne and Alfred Adler‘s clarification.

Eric Berne in Transactional analysis is talking about discounting.
Transactional analysis explored the role played by discounting in maintaining dependency relationships: the discounting of the child by the parent figure, initially by the real parent and later by the child’s internalized parent. When one-person discounts another, he acts as if what he feels is more important than what the other person feels, says or does. What came to be called ‘the “hierarchy of discounts” existence, significance, change possibilities and personal activities were evolved, the highest automatically including those below: a discount of the existence of problems is equivalent to discounting the significance.

In a rather different method, Alfred Adler spoke of his therapeutic technique of ‘minimizing the significance of the symptoms; you must strive to debase the great significance which the neurotic attributes to his symptoms.

Here we can talk about The Pollyanna principle. According to the Pollyanna Principle, the brain processes information that is pleasing and agreeable in a more precise and exact manner as compared to unpleasant information; still for this article is enough.

However, exaggeration, regarding health people tend to hyperbolize a little more. They are trying to get more attention, empathy and affection. Upcoming exaggeration is aggression, suggesting, overvaluing, overacting and other intentions.

People love tragedy, theatricality attitude, and they love to attach more expressionism to actions.
Exaggeration, also is a form of manipulation, like a cognitive distortion when we overestimate a situation, event, natural disaster, emotion.

My questions are:

What is the indented behind minimizing or exaggerating?
What do we aspect when we minimize or exaggerate?
What is the reaction or feedback, we what?

As we age we learn that exaggeration and minimization can be used as rhetorical tools, allowing us to exploit our creative skills to emphasize the mask or what we say.
’’The Book of Tells – Body Talk’’ Peter Collett.

A bit of inspiration taken from Wikipedia, Peter Collet and Daniela Damian.


2 thoughts on “Minimizing, cutting and exaggeration.

  1. This sort of minimization happened to me just today–and informed me so very well about some of the responder’s hidden agendas. I suddenly intuited that the minimizer was secrely ashamed of holding such selfish positions on very important public issues.


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