Odd question: how do you respond to compliments?
It seems silly to ask, I know, but I've actually had multiple occasions where I've stood there while talking to someone like some deer caught in headlights after being complimented. I know the obvious answer would be something like "thanks" followed by an awkward laugh, but that just seems weird and kind of rude to me. I don't like to acknowledge something about myself which receives praise, whether it be physical attributes or something I did; it just doesn't sit well with me.
I think the only reason I find it weird is that most of the time, especially if it's because of my appearance, is that I don't feel like I did anything. I didn't exactly have control as to how I ended up looking and me putting on clothes is basically deciding what colour I feel like wearing that particular day. See? No work. Since there isn't anything I did, getting a "You're cute" or "Wow you look great" from friends or complete strangers puts me in a very awkward position with me avoiding eye contact, laughing nervously, and trying to escape. Fail. At least when I get complimented on my work I feel better about it and can muster a "Thank You" since I feel that I did something but even then it still sits awkwardly with me.
So, how do you handle compliments? I figure some people have the ability to take it in stride but I don't know many people who do personally.
All the best,
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