Q & A – What is Crying Wolf?

The phrase “crying wolf” is used to describe a situation where someone repeatedly raises a false alarm or makes false claims of danger, causing others to become skeptical or dismissive when a real danger arises. The origin of the phrase comes from the fable of “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” in which a young shepherd boy repeatedly calls for help, falsely claiming that a wolf is attacking his sheep. When a wolf does eventually attack, the boy calls for help, but nobody comes because they no longer believe his cries.

The phrase “crying wolf” is often used to caution against making false claims or exaggerating a situation, which can undermine one’s credibility and make it more difficult to be taken seriously when a genuine problem arises. It is important to be honest and accurate in one’s communication, particularly in situations where the safety or well-being of oneself or others is at stake.

Author: Linda Turner

Coaching and Therapy Currently studying Psychotherapy , Cognitive psychology, Hypnotherapy. Qualified NLP, EMDR and CBT therapist. REIKI Master. I believe in truth, honesty and integrity! ≧◔◡◔≦

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