From ruining a relative’s wedding by dressing in white, to faking night terrors about their deceased mother, these are some of the worst examples of attention-seeking behavior that will leave you speechless.
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My cousin’s girlfriend’s son decided he wanted to play guitar and sing a song at my dad’s funeral. No one else was playing music or singing. He gets up halfway through the funeral and starts singing. He’s horrible. At the end of his song he actually plugged his “New CD” that he just so happened to have a bunch of copies of in his car. What a jerk.
It was a couple of years ago, but there was this whole news story about these parents who had a weather balloon in their back yard, and supposedly one of their kids had gotten into the balloon and set it off. The parents were all worried because their kid was supposedly in the balloon.
Well once the balloon eventually landed, there was no kid, and it turns out that the kid was “hiding” in their basement the whole time.
It was later figured out that it was all a hoax, and that the parents did it to get attention.
When my daughter found out she was pregnant she thought she was only 5 or 6 weeks turned out she was 20 weeks, her mother in law posted it all over Facebook before my daughter could tell anyone.
When she went into labour mother-in-law posted it on Facebook even before labour was confirmed and then gave an update every 10 minutes.
Fortunately she didn’t get to post the first pics of my grandson, my daughter got to do that.
I have an old childhood friend who is constantly either engaged to a new guy or claims to be pregnant. She once claimed to have had a miscarriage and then less than 3 months later was 4 months pregnant. None of her supposed boyfriends ever make an appearance with her or have an online persona. On top of such she’s the type that will post the status of “things are awful but I won’t say why so don’t bother to message me” all the time. I honestly think she needs therapy but that’s very thin ice to tread on.
There are some people on Facebook who will like/unlike/like/unlike their own pictures, I’m assuming to get them to reappear in other people’s feeds in attempt to get more likes and comments.
Then there are people who share their own pictures that they posted of themselves…
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During a hot Iowa summer I was de-tasselling corn (to keep it from pollinating) and one of the girls in my crew pretended to be stung by a bee and said she was extremely allergic. She started freaking out like so we called 911 and a helicopter ended up flying to the field to take her to the hospital. After they brought her in it turns out THIS SHE WAS FAKING IT! Needless to say she got fired and I think she got some kind of fine.
I have a Facebook friend who says about once a week, “well now I know who my real friends are!” And I always want to respond with, “did you forget? That sounds like amnesia, you should get that checked out.
Working behind the bar in an upscale hotel.
Enter aging woman. Obviously attractive but past her prime. Slinky black dress, high heels, alone.
Woman approaches gentleman sitting at the bar, initiates conversation.
Woman: Hi there. Wow, did you used to be a model?
Gentleman: (obviously flattered) Oh, what? No I do-
Woman: Because I did.
I discovered this yesterday, my old ‘best friend’ using the fact that I got bullied and have social anxiety, by saying it all happened to her and she tweeted her favourite celebrities about my story in order to get a reply from them, when none of it happened to her.
Update (3 days later): I confronted her about it and she’s ignoring me and has deleted all photos of me and her off both Facebook and Twitter.
This was in my early twenties. I would work with the young coworkers in the most laborious part of the company. Women were also there. We would all hang out after work. Good group of friends, except for one girl. She kind of interrupted conversations she wasn’t involved in. I knew she was self-centered but I didn’t care, until the day she got fired.
One of the girls in the group got engaged and everyone was happy for her. Retelling and rehearing the way he proposed over and over since it was quite adorable. She had a face of jealousy. Suddenly we don’t see her. Then one break we check our phones and she said that she’s going to kill herself. We show our manager, she panics and sends me to check on her, track her down. I find her in her house eating chips watching TV. She was fired for abandoning the job.
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My friend’s wife died unexpectedly. His mother immediately began posting photos on Facebook of him having clearly cried himself to sleep, tissues strewn on the pillow, face streaked with tears. Captioned them with things like “So SaD mIsSiNg WiFeY I gOt U BaBee Boi” Pictures of the pets and captions about how sad they were too. Photos of her posing at her dead daughter-in-law’s gravesite, etc. She eventually began posting several times a day thanking God for giving her the opportunity to help her son raise her grandkids. I’m surprised she didn’t lick the tears from his eyes. It was sick.
My sister Vaguebooks all day, every day. Sexy selfies? Constant. That fight she got in? Posts a video. Someone in the city she lived in for three years died under tragic circumstances? She’s on that. New boyfriend? She’s SO IN LOVE, and her ex boyfriends and their mothers for some reason, need to “quit talkin’ trash” about it because she’s moved on! Oh wait, not in love. Oh wait, in love. Oh wait, vague post about self-respect!
My best friend’s mom died recently.
Her dad and mom have been divorced since she was young, and it was evident he cheated on her with his current girlfriend.
The girlfriend went to the funeral against the mom’s family’s wishes, invited her own friends (who didn’t know the mom), talked through the entire service, and made a scene at the reception.
She wanted attention because her boyfriend’s dead ex-wife was getting more attention than her.
This guy I was seeing for about a week. At first, his outgoing personality was refreshing, but I came to see these constant grandiose displays and statements that just seemed desperate.
My best example, and thus the worst case of attention-seeking I’ve seen:
We visited a local brewery and he told the owner that he was a “freelance journalist” and would like to write up a piece about their business.
He had a Blogspot.
He wanted to post about it on his Blogspot.
And honestly, nobody read his blog. Like him, it was unoriginal and pretentious.
Went to a Christmas party hosted by a woman I was in school with and semi-dating. She was doing the social butterfly thing, but at one point, as the ebb and flow happened, she found herself without anyone talking to her. I watched her deliberately drop her wine glass, which shattered, and suddenly 4 or 5 guys came to her “rescue”.
I got out of that relationship.
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I had a friend who has medical problems. She uses it to her advantage. She’ll fake some kind of emergency or “pass out” in public just to get people to pay attention to her. Her mom wouldn’t pay her any attention at all but everyone would flock to her.
One time in high school, there was a blood drive. She gave blood and promptly passed out. Everyone knew she was faking, including her mom because her mom didn’t come to the school when they called.
My ex. We were not even together that long (3 months). He had this friend who was so great. Every time she was around, I either left before she showed up or just missed her and she had left before I got there. Then, she was in a horrific wreck that took her life. He was.. .not really upset, not over a dear, close friend dying. Weird, huh? Well not really.
My best friend was killed a couple of years prior in a horrible accident. It devastated me. He knew this and knew I was still recovering from that. So I did some online digging for the town where she lived/died. No obituaries for a girl, and no articles about a drunk driver killing someone (which there would have been). He made up a friend and then killed her off for attention and to…keep me? Who knows. I dumped him shortly thereafter.
Working in an emergency department is great exposure to frustrating attention seeking. Of course there are real emergencies that are in no way actively attention seeking, but you’d be surprised how many people come in with less than convincing complaints just for the drama (or drugs).
I’ve seen many patients that will come in with one complaint and once our tests show there is nothing emergent (or anything wrong at all) happening with that body system, they will suddenly have a new, completely tangential complaint.
This issue really extends to farther things like problems with how we handle mental illness and how the healthcare system works but it’s also an attention seeking haven!
My sister fakes night terrors about our dead mother (only been dead a year) to get attention. Once she started screaming in the middle of the night her boyfriend checked on her and she said bring me a pen and paper and started drawing a door and then she “woke up” and had no idea where she is. She’s a pathological liar and did things like this our whole lives. She once wore her make up to look like a black eye for like three days straight and told every one at school she fell down the stairs. She also told me that my dad abused her. Honestly he’s a terrible guy, but not a pedophile. He’s honestly probably never even been alone with her before. She also told her boyfriend that my dad used to play ouija board with us in the living room of our child hood home and gave her a voodoo doll as a present once. Completely not true, my mom was one of the most religious people I’ve ever known and would quite literally castrate him if that happened.
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I volunteered at a summer camp over my summer. Like every summer camp you usually have a few kids who are sent to the camp most of the summer since their parents don’t want to put up with them. During one of the camps there was a girl (6/7) who had made quite a name for herself amongst the counselors.
She was known for causing quite a few issues but I didn’t think she was that bad. That was until about half way through the week when she came up to me and another guy crying saying that another kid bit her. Then she showed us some very visible teeth marks. After calming her down we go to the other kid to ask him why he did it. We were quite surprised since the kid was quite well behaved and hadn’t caused any problems. We go up to him asking him why he did this, but as you would expect he said he didn’t do it. We all assumed he was lying until one of the other volunteers noticed that the teeth marks on the girls forearm were missing the front tooth and the kid she blamed it on had all of his teeth. So we go up to the girl and ask her once again what happened and she admitted to us that she had bit herself in order to get the kid in trouble.
When my boyfriend at the time died suddenly, my supposed best friend told his father that they had been in love and wanted to get married. She also told him and all our friends that she miscarried his baby. She showed up to his wake with electric blue hair, a club dress and high-heels wearing his sweater. I was confused and expressed my disappointment about wanting the sweater. I later found out that she had gotten the sweater by telling his father all that stuff. I was too shy to say anything but it hurt so bad to lose him and my “best friend” at the same time. Looking back she was always a huge attention-seeker. Every time I ever liked a guy she would pursue him. After that whole incident she showed up at a party at my house and had sex with two random guys. One of them was in a room with no door and the other was on a couch in our garage/smoke room… She was awful.
You know how young children (usually preschoolers) will tend to be the mother hen of a group of other children and constantly over-correct and nag at them in order to feel bigger and more important? It’s usually some kind of developmental thing I see happen often, usually in 3-4 year old girls with little siblings.
I have a nearly 30 year old cousin who never stopped doing this, and it is like nails on the chalkboard of my mind. If you paraphrase something that happened on the news, she’ll overhear and shrill “ACTUALLY, they said ____.” Or if you’re telling a story about something that happened, she’ll correct your grammar even if nothing is wrong with it. She always has to have the last word in every single conversation, complete with interrupting you while you are speaking. She also tries to pick fights in social situations like a preteen girl, repeating something awkward you may have said earlier super loudly on “accident” in front of others, complete with a smirk/fake shocked expression.
It’s just awful and does this to every woman she encounters.
My sister-in-law’s cousin is attractive. Everyone agrees. There’s no denying it. When she walks into a room, all eyes turn to her. She’s always got guys fawning all over her. She has plenty of attention, deserved or not, at all times.
When my brother got married, this girl, my sister-in-law’s cousin, decided to wear a huge, frilly white dress with a hat/veil. She kept barging into places moments before my sister-in-law, excusing herself for causing confusion. I wanted to punch her face.
I wasn’t the one getting married, I’m a guy, and I still wanted to punch this woman’s face.
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My sister. She has always had a screw loose (just very loopy and immature for her age- ex: she was like 16 before she crossed the street by herself, and my parents just enabled her) — but when she went off to college, everything got a lot worse.
She came up with this lie that she has lived her life by, that I (her brother) was some sort of abusive jerk to her her entire life, and she told everyone that if God is good, I’m going to hell. A couple month later she came home for Thanksgiving, and she blatantly refused to be in the same room as me- and let’s say I would walk into the kitchen while she was making something with mom or my grandmother, she wold literally scream and duck behind the counter.
Then at dinner, when I sat down at the table with the whole family, she screamed that she wouldn’t sit at the same table as me, and was just being a huge attention seeker- it was absolutely ridiculous. Everyone knew that she wanted attention, and she has driven away several roommates, because of her tendencies.
My dad’s second wife paid someone to write a biography about her mundane life, in which she tried to drag me, my siblings and my mom through the dirt, then she started handing out copies to as many people as she could.
She also runs to my dad to cry about my sister regularly because my sister calls her out on her lies, she’s constantly negative about people to hide her own insecurities, she generally can’t stand not being the center of attention and she will steer any conversation to be about her or her children.
One girl that I used to be friends with on Facebook would threaten suicide 24/7. She’d post stuff like “Okay I’m gonna kill myself tonight, you can try to stop me but I warn you, I’m stubborn.” And she’d never follow through of course. Actually, let me just compose a list.
-Threatened suicide on multiple occasions, telling people they can “try to talk her out of it”
-Starved herself… for two hours. And made a huge deal out of it. On her birthday.
-Spent the night at my house. Decided she was going to “walk” to her house, which was a 45 minute drive away. I wanted to just abandon her and let her walk. But my friends chased after her, unfortunately.
-Vaguebooks, as in hinting that she might be pregnant and that her mother might be taking her baby away, but wording it in a way that would force people to ask for clarity
-Hosted a party. Started crying hysterically and claimed she was going to run away. Hid in a bush beside her house while her family looked for her.
There’s probably a plethora more if I could be bothered to think, or ask someone else who knows her better than I do. She’s also a thief. She’s stolen from my house and my best friend’s house as well, thought no one would ever notice.