Dr Elizabeth Loftus explains to Eve Ash that while people exaggerate, this is not necessarily the same as lying. She cites the case of an American news anchor who lied about being in a helicopter that was shot down in Iraq. It transpired that another helicopter was shot down; his arrived unscathed thirty minutes later.
People exaggerate because:
- They want to make themselves appear better or more interesting
- Exaggeration is not quite the same as lying (not all will agree)
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