A Compliment? Oh, no, I couldn’t.

I don’t know what it is about me but I just CAN NOT take a compliment. Especially about my appearance. This is what usually happens when a comment is presented:

If I comprehend that it is a compliment:

  1. I say, “Thank you.”
  2. Roll my eyes
  3. Assume that it was either meant in jest or backhanded

If I DO NOT comprehend that it’s a compliment (this is by far the most likely):

  1. I stare blankly at the person for an indeterminate period of time
  2. Have a look of “Sudden Realization”
  3. Belatedly say, “Thank you.”
  4. Spend the rest of the day assuming that the person thinks I’m mentally unsound
  5. Assume that it was either meant in jest or backhanded

The later happened to me this weekend, when I was discussing the challenges of losing weight and someone said, “looking like you do?”  To which I stared at them blankly until I realized they meant that in a positive form and then instantly tried to turn it into something snarky.

 

I don’t know what it is about me that refuses to accept compliments on my looks. Maybe I’m just too unhappy with them to imagine that ANYONE could possibly find them appealing.

My husband has gotten annoyed with me rolling my eyes at him every time he compliments me and has all but given up…maybe when everyone gives up I’ll finally be vindicated that everyone is as unhappy with me and I am.

 

Anyone else have thoughts…

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