Why do People Show Off?

Being social beings, we value the acceptance and love of those around us. Some people need a more clear acceptance and attention from others. Thus if a person feels that they need to do extra for a person to like them, then they start showing off. These people are not bad, they are just different. Instead of sidelining them we should try to understand certain reasons why they show off. Thus, here are a few common reasons why people show off.

  1. Seeking attention

We all love to get someone’s attention. Thus when we feel like someone did not notice us, we tend to do something that will prove our presence. They are in desperate need for your attention and will do anything from saying something to doing something.

  1. Want approval

Some are not confident in themselves. They always need someone to nod a ‘yes’, pat a ‘well done’, etc. These kinds of people tend to overdo or exaggerate themselves in a way that people will give their opinion or approval. Then they will try and weigh people’s opinions to conclude on how good or bad they are.

  1. Show that they are worth something

Some people feel like they are underestimated or not noticed no matter what they do. So they tend to make sure their best talents, possession, etc., are known and acknowledged. People normally turn their heads when they see a perfected talent or the latest gadget/item. This is basically why people who feel deprived of attention or acknowledgement show off the best they have.

  1. Care what others think of them

These are those kinds of people who see themselves through the opinion of others. So if one person makes a negative criticism of them then they label themselves as bad and if they get a positive note then they are good to go. One of the negative aspects of this is that people are all different and they will have their own opinion. So what is good for one person might be bad for another and vice versa. So if we put too much value on what other people say we would either end up confused or we would believe what is not necessarily true in your case.


As you now know 4 reasons why people show off, next time you see a person doing so try and help fill their need in a healthy way.


About Sharon Marie George

I have a bachelors degree in Psychology, English and Sociology, a Diploma in Clinical Pastoral Counseling and I am currently doing a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology View all posts by Sharon Marie George

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