Minimization, the opposite of exaggeration, is a self-deception technique that discounts or downplays the importance of negative events or actions. An example of this could be a parent that excuses a child's petty theft as just "a child being a child" rather than addressing the consequences of this unacceptable behavior before it escalates into something larger. This tendency needs to be monitored closely to avoid inappropriate reactions to situations.

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