Choose your own adventure: outright brag, humble-brag or just plain weirdo!

The line between a brag, a humble brag and just being a plain weirdo is very thin. We've all been there right? You feel some need or inclination to say something to people which you know very well to be unnecessary and "braggy". I'm always surprised at just how cheap I feel after a brag. Even before I open my mouth to brag the tiny voice inside me (the smart, secured, awesome part of me) tells me to just keep quiet and let it go. Sometimes I do succeed at this and forgo the brag; and that makes me feel a sense of grandeur and moral superiority. 

So what is the real difference between a brag, a humble brag and just being a plain weirdo? 

A brag: this is a boastful statement. I usually feel the need to brag when I'm feeling inferior and in deep need of a quick for validation about my place in life. 

A humble brag: this is an ostensibly modest or self-deprecating statement whose actual purpose is to draw attention to something of which one is proud (I did not come up with this very well put definition, I stole it from the internet). Humble brags are a little bit more complex than brag brags. I feel differently about them depending on which side of the bed I wake up (what am I saying, I always wake up on the same side of the bed). Sometimes I feel like this is better than outright bragging because at least the said bragger has the decency to feel a bit of shame ( and hence the self depreciation). On the other hand humble brags can be really annoying because they have an element of deceit. It's like when someone is being passive aggressive, I just get so annoyed because I think to myself: "who do you think you are kidding? We all know that what you're saying and what you're doing do not add up.Stop being insane and either be aggressive or passive....just pick one already"

Then there's just being a plain weirdo; this is usually when the subject is super hungry for attention. Like good ol' Bart Simpson in episode 14 of Season 5 (yep, that's right.....I'm like a Simpsons reference book) when he was jumping on the couch, screaming, starved for attention as nobody was paying him any. I mean normal people (who are not fictional characters) do not go to this extent, but often we say or do things which in retrospect are just plain embarrassing. Alas, why can't people just be normal? O.o

 

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