Boasting is the act of making an ostentatious speech. It is considered a vice by such major religious groups as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism. Boasting has also been studied by such evolutionary psychologists as Robert Wright.
Boasting can be seen as a form of the message "Look at me, now. Aren't I wonderful?" Feeling satisfaction about an achievement, overcoming a challenge, a difficult accomplishment, and other similar events is to be expected. The feelings of satisfaction are pleasant and contribute positively to our self-concept and our self-esteem. We can and do feel good about ourselves. There is also the urge to share some of this satisfaction with others and the hope that they will feel a sense of pride and accomplishment with us. These are all expected feelings that any of us can identify with and probably have acted on. As described this is not boasting.
Boasting occurs when someone not only feels a sense of satisfaction but also feels that whatever occurred proves their superiority, and is recounting accomplishments that so that others will feel admiration and envy. The accomplishment is not enough; there must be admiration and envy from others, Which is a form of aggression. Also, boasting can involve magnifying an accomplishment out of proportion to its importance.
- Alazôn, a boasting stock character from ancient Greek comedy
- Alpha male
- display and mating behaviour
- Dominance (biology)
- Miles Gloriosus, a boasting stock character from ancient Roman comedy
- Symbel, the Germanic custom of ritual drinking
- Tall tale
- Windbag the Sailor
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