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Is It Hard for You to Accept Compliments?

Personal Growth, Body Image
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Accepting compliments can be uncomfortable and leave us sometimes second guessing ourselves. Is it hard for you to accept compliments when you receive them?

Our first reaction sometimes is to quickly dismiss the person to avoid the discomfort.


It would make sense to reject compliments if you hold beliefs that you are flawed or not good enough. It can be difficult to accept a compliment received that goes against our inner beliefs or self talk. Or maybe accepting a compliment has you fearing that you'll be in a position to let that person down in the future.

Rejecting compliments isn't the only way to remain humble.

𝐒𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐱𝐬 đ©đšđŹđ­ 𝐭𝐹 đ«đžđŸđžđ« đ›đšđœđ€ 𝐭𝐹 đ„đšđ­đžđ« 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ©đ«đšđœđ­đąđœđž 𝐹𝐧𝐞 𝐹𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 đ©đĄđ«đšđŹđžđŹ đ§đžđ±đ­ 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞 đČ𝐹𝐼 đ«đžđœđžđąđŻđž 𝐚 đœđšđŠđ©đ„đąđŠđžđ§đ­. 𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐚𝐩𝐞 đŸđžđžđ„đąđ§đ đŹ 𝐹𝐟 đđąđŹđœđšđŠđŸđšđ«đ­ 𝐩𝐚đČ đŹđ­đąđ„đ„ đ«đžđŠđšđąđ§, 𝐛𝐼𝐭 đ­đ«đČ đŸđžđžđ„đąđ§đ  𝐭𝐡𝐞 đœđšđŠđ©đ„đąđŠđžđ§đ­ 𝐚𝐬 𝐛𝐞𝐱𝐧𝐠 𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐼𝐱𝐧𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 đ­đ«đźđž 𝐣𝐼𝐬𝐭 𝐚 𝐛𝐱𝐭 đŠđšđ«đž 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐧 đ„đšđŹđ­ 𝐭𝐱𝐩𝐞. 

*NOTE: If you are being complimented on something you'd rather not be complimented on, let the person know. Often these things are appearance or weight-focused. 

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About the therapist: Erica Basso is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist practicing statewide in California. She helps guide women in overcoming anxiety, perfectionism, and imposter syndrome. Learn more about Erica, and view more of her content by visiting her Frame profile here.