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Where Do You Stand? Receiving Compliments



The other day a friend of mine complimented me, telling me that I looked good in the shade of pink I was wearing, and she caught me so off guard that I actually blushed! I've never considered myself shy, but I have to admit, receiving that accolade out of left field made me slightly uncomfortable. I know that a lot of people share my sentiment, so tell me where you stand on receiving compliments. Do they make you feel uncomfortable or do you easily accept praise?

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potterlove potterlove 8 years
It's an even thing. I hand out compliments all the time, and everyone returns the favor. Sweet! But I don't get all shy or uncomfortable, my vanity won't let me! :D
ylovely ylovely 8 years
I love compliments, but I love doling them out too.
austerity austerity 8 years
I receive a lot of compliments (and I think I take them in well), but I guess I'm also generous in giving them out. People always start to notice good things about you if you're doing the same for them ;)
brandysbug brandysbug 8 years
I'm horrible about accepting certain compliments, especially about my looks. Like many of you have already stated, I often don't believe them because I have really low self-esteem about my body/looks. I'll usually say "ha," or "yeah, right..." if someone compliments a physical feature or I'll downplay it and say something negative about the same feature. I blush, trip over my words, and just feel like an idiot. If someone compliments my clothing, shoes or jewelry, it's usually a lot easier for me to accept because I have confidence in my sense of style. I will usually say "thank you" but never compliment back. I don't want to seem insincere, complimenting just because I was complimented. I'll get them back another time!
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
I sorta mumble and cuddle my belly when I get complimented. I don't really know how to react. Especially when it comes from people close to me. I feel like I should say something nice back but I don't want to sound like a twat.
Safety-Pin Safety-Pin 8 years
Terrible I'm a mumbler & avoid eye contact then I get a stupid grin on my face as I try and work out what to do. They should teach a course in this during GCSE's.
macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
I'm fine with just the kind of compliments like 'ooh, i love your shoes' or 'what colour eyeshadow is that?' but sometimes my bf just says something like 'god, you're so beautiful' and those are the type of compliment I don't handle well. I'm never sure what to say, or if I should reciprocate or what! he actually brought it up with me, he thinks I have low self esteem, lol!
chaumeout chaumeout 8 years
I say "... thanks" but often I'm pretty skeptical about compliments. Unless I know I look good or did a good job, compliments sound obligatory or worse, as mockery.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
I get a bit shy, and usually say "oh...thank you" and smile.ha
jesssa jesssa 8 years
i'm pretty awkward about it. i try not to be, but it happens lol
roseate roseate 8 years
It depends on what it's about. If someone compliments something I've done or made, then I'm happy to accept the compliment. If it's about my appearance, then I get slightly uncomfortable. I say thank you and move on. Unless I've been wanting to compliment them on something for a while, I don't compliment them in return; I think that makes the compliment seem less genuine.
candace87 candace87 8 years
I usually go 'Oh thanks! I love your _______" and just pick something random.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I take compliments fairly well. I appreciate the effort or the niceness of the person giving them to me so that makes them easier to accept for me ;)
lemamike lemamike 8 years
Compliments are great! A sincere thank you is the best way to handle them, though sometimes we get caught off guard and don't necessarily believe the compliment. Also - complimenting people is great too. I love to compliment random people I see - like a girl in a bathroom with a cute dress. It will make her feel good and give her a boost of confidence we all could use throughout the day!
ohkate ohkate 8 years
I don't feel uncomfortable but I don't also easily accept praise. mostly I say thank you and once in a while I'll blush but I don't think that means I'm uncomfortable, just flattered.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
Umm, my stance is "I say thank you." It's a really controversial stance, but I won't apologize for it, that's where I stand! What else are you supposed to do?
margokhal margokhal 8 years
I don't know how to take a compliment, the attention makes me uncomfortable. Some people are really not sincere about compliments, though...I've had people tell me nice things just so I can do/provide something for them, so I'm very wary of compliments in general. I try to say "thanks" or kind of understate how nice whatever the compliment is ["oh this old thing?", "well i JUST got the hair done, I don't like it that much", etc.]. It's really hard.
care0531 care0531 8 years
It really helps my self confidence when I get a compliment but I am always a little shy at first when recieving it.
TidalWave TidalWave 8 years
Wait a minute, how are you supposed to take compliments then? I say "thank you". What else am I supposed to do?
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
Well, when I was way too thin for awhile, alot of people I knew would say things like oh, you're so skinny I'm jealous or you look so good, etc. and I felt uncomfortable about that because I knew I wasn't healthy. Other than that, it doesn't really make me too uncomfortable. I just say thank you, but I don't like to come off as conceited or anything. And if it's appropriate, I will compliment them too. For instance: someone says, cute shoes I might say, thanks- I like your handbag or something. :)
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
I usually take them pretty well.
Ac2366 Ac2366 8 years
When I'm having a good day and someone compliments me it just boosts my ego and I always respond with an eager thank you. Sometimes I get uncomfortable with compliments though. If someone tells me I'm pretty I almost always say "no, not really" or something like that. Sounds rude of me now that I am thinking about it but that's what pops out because sometimes I just don't think I deserve it. Guess I need to work on accepting compliments better on my off days!
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
It makes me uncomfortable, but I'm getting better about it.
xxstardust xxstardust 8 years
I get really overwhelmed by compliments - I don't always feel I deserve them, and even if I might, I do definitely get very embarrassed and blush profusely. I haven't gotten used to compliments even from my boyfriend, who compliments me all day long because he thinks it's funny that I get as red and embarrassed as I do.
partysugar partysugar 8 years
Dear, you did look good in that shade of pink! Oh and even if I'm caught off guard, I always say thank you.
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