Enthusiasm is a good thing. There’s nothing more energizing than an enthusiastic person, but please spare me the kind of artificial enthusiasm that seems to be so common nowadays.
I was watching a good documentary the other night absolutely spoilt by the over exuberance of the presenter. His exaggerated speech and histrionic voice, punctuated by superlative after superlative and accompanied by wild hand and arm gestures, became so annoying, I wanted to switch the TV off. I tried to look past it all and strangely enough enjoyed the show, but not him.
What is it with these over exuberant expressions of enthusiasm? Perhaps it is what psychologists call “Reaction Formation” where a lack of something is made up for, through an overdose of that very thing. Whatever it is, it comes across as phony and false and is terribly annoying.