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I Don't Know How to Take Compliments

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    Some one told me I looked really nice once

    and all I didn't say thank you. I stood there blushed an said happy birthday. Yeah not used to compliments. :/
    KaylaBVB KaylaBVB 16-17, F Jan 18

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    whenever someone compliments me,

    i find it hard to believe its true and i freak out.
    buttney buttney 13-15, F 2 Responses Aug 18, 2014

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    I'll say 'thank you,'

    but I'll be too shy to compliment you back.
    dilbert467 dilbert467 13-15, M 1 Response Jan 3

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    I get nervous when someone tells me a

    compliment. I just say "Thank you" without saying anything else. I do not like to show off or get any kind of attention about myself, so I never know how I am supposed to react. Trying to trust people is hard for me, so it feels weird to get compliments.
    s4019t s4019t 26-30, M 1 Response Aug 18, 2014

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    "I like your shoes!" Uhm ummm ok yea ok umm I

    mean thanks yeah. All of that is mumbled too quietly no one can hear it and it's all said under 5 secs or less
    internetdoggraver internetdoggraver 13-15, F Sep 19, 2014

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    Um, gee thanks, I like your.

    . Arm! I mean!!! Uh.., smile! Yeah... I just don't get it haha! Compliments do make me happy though. Research shows that when someone gives a compliment to someone else. The compliments makes the 'reward' system in our brain more active. Which also deals with pleasure and...
    Sometimesilence Sometimesilence 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 5, 2014

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    I am so awkward when it comes to this.

    I am constantly getting them and it feels like I get them so often it's as a joke. Usually it's just like "thanks.." Or I just smile. I'm so awkward.
    RainBunny RainBunny 13-15, F 6 Responses Mar 9, 2014

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    I Never Believe Them!

    My problem is that when i get a compliment, i just tend to flat-out say 'no I'm not' or that's not true, but thanks anyway for the thought!' It also depends on what the compliment is, for some reason, if i get a compliment on how i look (except about my weight!), i.e you're...
    roc roc 26-30, F 1 Response Nov 14, 2007

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    NOPE

    Just clam up... don't like them, can't take them, so don't give them... odd I know but that's just the way it goes.
    mysplitpersonality mysplitpersonality 36-40, F 9 Responses Oct 27, 2007

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    Whatever compliments I receive,

    I will never feel like it cuz I know I am not, it's not . The words are just there to keep the conversations going and for the sake of having something to say without even meaning it.
    dakilangdreamer dakilangdreamer 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 23, 2014

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    I feel like if I say "yes thanks" it seems like

    I'm accepting the compliment and thinking I'm such an amazing, perfect, beautiful person. So sometimes I'll be like, "no I'm really not..." And then that backfires cause people go "fine! I was just trying to be nice!" And other people think I want even more compliments! Like no...
    gogirl08 gogirl08 16-17, F Dec 16, 2013

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    I always smile and say "thank you",

    because at least that way, it stops quicker.
    Akurou Akurou 31-35, F Mar 22, 2014

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    codeyellow codeyellow 26-30, F Jan 18

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    I'm terrible at it! I automatically assume

    that everyone has a negative view of me, and I accept it. It's kind of like having an underdog mentality; I automatically believe that everyone doubts my abilities and worth, only I don't feel like I have to prove anything to anyone because I'm happy with who I am. Although I...
    JustAnotherHuman34 JustAnotherHuman34 18-21, M 3 Responses May 16, 2014

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    (Background info:I work at a fast food

    resteraunt) Today I was working drive through when a car pulled up and the driver said "you have really pretty eyes" now, I don't get compliments often so this absolutely blindsighted me. I just gave him a deer in the headlights stare and said "that will be $8.40 sir" I realized...
    snowunderthestars snowunderthestars 13-15, F 3 Responses May 17, 2014

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    Im really good at giving compliments.

    But taking them is awkward for me. Since i dont usually get that many compliments. It surprises me. So i dont know what to say or do.
    ninjadentistinspace ninjadentistinspace 16-17, F 1 Response Sep 6, 2014

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    I arrive at a dinner thing.

    . The host: "oh you look really beautiful" Me (feeling surprised) : "uhhhhh Is it me , or is cold here?" .. True
    Kardia Kardia 36-40 1 Response a week ago

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    It is sometimes very irritating.

    i don't know but i can't take compliments well in my stride. i always feel people don't mean them and i ask them to stop. some think that i'm snobby while people who know me in and out has accepted it as one of my erratic behaviors. it's irritating at times. i guess i do...
    Namkeen Namkeen 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 9, 2014

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    like, thanks...you're.

    ..ah..look at the sky!, the cloud, are beautiful, aren't they?
    OrangeCaramel OrangeCaramel 18-21, F 2 Responses May 19, 2014

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    I'm SO embarrassed. So what happened was

    that I won intern of the month. I am not one to be center of attention, so when they called my name, I literally said, "F--K." I didn't mean to. I just would have been happier with them posting the certificate and the written speech next to my name. The way it's supposed to...
    BlueIce612 BlueIce612 18-21, F 3 Responses Apr 3, 2014

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    Whenever I get a really nice compliment,

    I either sound really arrogant or change the topic to making fun of myself, it's pretty embarrassing
    hebr0 hebr0 18-21, F Sep 6, 2014

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    Compliments. Outwardly,

    I'm very polite and thankful. I suppose exactly what is expected. Inwardly... What do you want? Is it even true? Or are you just getting ready to ask a favor? Do I even believe your complement about myself? What if I don't? Does that make you a lair? Hmmmmmn. Now I'm...
    Anex61636 Anex61636 26-30, M Oct 5, 2014

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    I mean usually if someone tells me something

    nice I either laugh histerically and run away with a potato look on my face, or start doing llama noises.
    SaraPaqu SaraPaqu 16-17, F 3 Responses May 16, 2014

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    It's weird taking compliments like "you're

    cute/attractive" or most positive things towards me BUT If you say you trust and/or respect me, I take them compliments and I love them.
    akaShaun akaShaun 16-17, M 1 Response Nov 21, 2014

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    Even When I Was Little...

    Even when I was little, I always felt embarrassed or as if they had to give me a compliment, that I wasn't worthy. I still feel this way, even more so because I'm not some perfect hot babe who has a perfect IQ. I have also been put down a lot and compared to others, how much...
    realityvsdream realityvsdream 36-40, F 3 Responses Mar 27, 2012

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    It's never as easy as just saying "thank you".

    I already don't think much of myself and I don't want anyone else to think so either. Saying "thank you" typically indicates that the compliment is heard and appreciated, but in my mind, I feel like I'm agreeing with the complimentor (yes, I make up words), and acknowledging...
    JustAnotherHuman34 JustAnotherHuman34 18-21, M Sep 11, 2014

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    I Fear The Worst

    I dont know how to take a compliment. i always think people are just makeing fun of me. i was always made fun of as a kid. i was the weird one in the class and everyone always made fun of me. so now when people compliment me i always think back to my classmates as a child and i...
    Silent20 Silent20 18-21, F 2 Responses Jan 10, 2012

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    every time my bf calls me beautiful I tell him

    to stop lying. it makes me uncomfortable to be told that several times a day because I can't see what he sees.
    mandybear29 mandybear29 26-30, F 2 Responses Dec 17, 2014

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    This would have to be one of the hardest things

    for me to do. Sometimes when people give me compliments, I think they're lying. It's not their fault, it's just somethingI have to deal with. I'm a little weird I can trust people but not their words. So in a way I don't trust. Ahhhhh it sucks. What is a good way to respond to...
    Dreamprojector Dreamprojector 18-21, F Jul 30, 2014

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    When men compliment my appearance I feel

    uncomfortable. It makes me paranoid and distrusting if their intentions. When women compliment my appearance I feel okay about it. I prefer compliments not about my appearance. Recently my coworker told me "you look very pretty today." Usually when he compliments my appearance I...
    merrygentry merrygentry 31-35, F 5 Responses Feb 6, 2014

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    I guess it's because I've never really had

    people compliment me, other than my parents and friends? Whenever someone compliments me, which is rare but not unheard of, I always laugh it off. I just don't think they really mean it and I feel like they're saying so to be polite. I don't know
    Sasha0827 Sasha0827 16-17, F 1 Response Jul 30, 2014

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    It's getting better. :D Now I can compliment

    back but sometimes it's still difficult...especially when so many people are complimenting me. I get suspicious lol
    ShakenButNotBroken ShakenButNotBroken 18-21, F 1 Response Jan 3

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    Ugh.

    Let's face it... I'm lazy, cynical, awkward, obsessive, no motivation, chubby, average looks, neurotic, can't make someone feel great, paranoid, have blonde moments, spend too much time on the computer, hide away from the world, don't buy things for other people, can't get a job...
    cannibox cannibox 18-21, F 8 Responses Nov 6, 2009

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    Is There A Right Response

    Seriously I'd love it if someone could tell me what to say when a person compliments you besides...uh...thanks. It makes me feel awkward, uncertain, and a little apprehensive about why they're saying nice things. It's not that I don't like being complimented but what am I...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses May 3, 2012

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    I know that probably sounds absurd.

    I'm not sure why, and I have taken notice to it, but do not know how to change the way I address them! Maybe it's social anxiety/awkwardness, maybe I'm just negative and am not aware of that. Can anyone relate to this? And if so, what have you done to change this?
    JaidIsAWildflower JaidIsAWildflower 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 6, 2014

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    Whenever people compliment me on,

    well, anything really. I'm left surprised, and kind of confused. I guess it's because I don't expect to many compliments to come my way. I expect a lot more criticism to come my way, and mentally that's what I try to prepare myself for. So on the off chance that I do get...
    DeathstalkerScorpion DeathstalkerScorpion 22-25, M Nov 24, 2014

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    And I don't know how to give them

    either without feeling awkward.
    LadyCNote LadyCNote 26-30, F 2 Responses May 23, 2014

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    When someone compliments me,

    I either blush or laugh it off. The other day, I was complimented on something physically that made me laugh. Now, I've been complimented on my legs... my hands...my smile but while I was getting some blood work done, the nurse told me I had lovely veins. Veins?! Really...
    Pinky65 Pinky65 46-50, F 6 Responses 1 day ago

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    I don't really get complimented too often ,

    so when I do get complimented I'm just standing there like an idiot . Smiling but not saying anything .
    domino00 domino00 13-15, F 4 Responses Jan 18

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    True And Frustrating

    I am working on this. I don't like that I feel so uncomfortable with compliments. I really thought being here would help and maybe it has a little. But I have this automatic response in my head I can't seem to get rid of. I will continue to work on being more accepting and...
    soulrunher soulrunher 41-45, F 7 Responses Jun 23, 2013

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    I finally stopped saying Oh?

    and I know when people call me pretty. Now I giggle and say thank you
    Alylovespuppies Alylovespuppies 18-21, F 2 Responses Jul 30, 2014

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    I grew up getting bullied,

    so much that everyone in the school slowly started to bully me. Sometimes even my teachers picked on me. I was the nerdy girl who couldn't see anything, so I got glasses. I started to get picked on and bullied even more both emotionally and physically. I never told my parents...
    LonelyPuppy LonelyPuppy 16-17, F 3 Responses Dec 19, 2013

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    It's True

    Call it sad or not or whatever but I was not raised in a household where compliments were consistent or prominent and most the time they were non existent. Not much interaction in my family to be honest talking about your feelings was prohibited. End of story. Compliments were...
    deleted deleted 26-30 1 Response Nov 21, 2012

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    Yes I've been complemented.

    I've been called pretty the occasional cute, I've even been told I'm perfect (witch I don't believe) but even tho I get compliments I never know how to respond. I just duck my head and blush.
    internetrodo internetrodo 13-15, F Sep 7, 2014

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    Some musings on how to accept compliments.

    These days, I am far better at receiving compliments than I used to be. It is not a skill that I have perfected yet, but it certainly far better than it has been. With that in mind, I thought I would share my perspective on the matter. On Compliments. The problem...
    TheTardyDodo TheTardyDodo 31-35, M 12 Responses Nov 14, 2007

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    When I get complemented on,

    I usually try to joke it off and say "No one likes a kiss up" or "You talkin to me?" Then they say they mean it and all I can do is sheepishly say "thank you" without making eye contact. I consider that a step up. I used to freeze in disbelief at someone buttering me up. Then...
    Kckiss88 Kckiss88 22-25, F 1 Response Dec 25, 2014

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    CrossCresentCreed CrossCresentCreed 18-21, F 1 Response Dec 30, 2014

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    Hate Them.

    Whenever someone says I compliment to me I either just quietly mubble thanks or just don't say anything at all and smile. I feel weird whenever I get compliments, Espcially when they compliment something about myself that I absoutely hate. I never believe any of it.. I feel like...
    BrokenAngelWishes BrokenAngelWishes 18-21, F 1 Response Feb 2, 2011

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