Affected GRE Vocabulary Flashcard
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artificial, unnatural, pretentious, phony, specious, crocodile tears, insincere, spurious, factitious, exaggerated, overstated
You suspect that an acquaintance who is suddenly extra nice to you is insincere and affected, but you can’t be completely sure. You can’t quite put your finger on it, but it just feels like this person is hanging around you more than usual, dropping a few gratuitous hints.
According to a new study by Sara Langford at California State Polytechnic University-Pomona (2017), this is all part of the process of deciding who is an “insincere ingratiator,”. If you believe that a person is using you (i.e., is inauthentic), you should react negatively and expect others would also catch on to that person’s ploys.
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