Can You Take A Compliment?


July 23, 2013

Do you know how to take a compliment?  I don’t know that I’m the best person to write about this in terms of giving advice because I tend to feel uncomfortable when I receive one directly.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the fact that the person thinks I did something noteworthy and valuable, I just feel uncomfortable about my reaction.  For me, if that person told someone else and I heard it second-hand, that would be far better.  Somehow, telling a third party makes it easier for me to respond.  Then, I can say something like, “Wow, it was really nice of John to say that about me. ”

Lately, I’ve tried to just give a simple “thank you” when someone pays me a compliment.

How do you take compliments?  If you’re good at it or have any tips for me on how I can get better, let me know.  The worst thing we can do is get positive feedback and not know exactly what to do with it.  So….share your best tips in the comments.


  • Saying “thank you” is always best. I think the worst thing I could do is try to downplay a compliment too much…may end up being perceived as an insult back to the person complimenting me.

  • I’ve yet to receive one I deserve, so I’ll have to let you know. (See what I did there?)

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