HANDLING A COMPLIMENT
Women love compliments from men…if they like the man.
Chris Rock brilliantly points out is one of his routines that a woman will flirtatiously accept a compliment from an attractive man, but if an ugly guy compliments her it is sexual harassment! He further points out that this is unfair because there is no such thing as a guy who thinks he is ugly.
Women seldom compliment a man they do not know well.
This is understandable, if a guy gets a compliment from a women he usually thinks he is going to get laid.
When women compliment another woman it is almost always played down:
“I love that dress.”
Typical response, “Oh this old thing? I’ve had it for years.”
“Oh, your hair looks so nice.”
Typical response, “Really, do you like this hair color? I’m still not sure.”
“This pie is delicious.”
Typical response, “Do you really like it? It’s an old recipe I just decided to throw together.”
“Oh, I love your shoes, are they new?”
Typical response, “They’re from ‘Target’, twelve ninety-eight.”
“Your boyfriend is hot!”
Typical response, “Thanks, you caught him on a good day.”
This is because women’s compliments to other women are often very insincere; compliments are only accepted guardedly.
Men will accept a compliment from other men. Men do not often compliment others. When they do, it is usually sincere:
The response would never be, “Thanks, it was just luck.” It would more likely be, “Yeah it was!”
“Dude where’da get the cool duds?”
The response would never be, “What, these old things?” It would more likely be, “Gottem at “The Men’s Shop’ and they set me back a ton.”
“I gotta tell ya, your girlfriend is hot!”
The response would never be, “Were just friends” or “That’s just my cousin.” It would almost always be, “Yeah baby!” Followed by a high five or a fist bump.
Sometimes compliments are difficult to accept because they implicitly put down previous appearance or activity. This is particularly true if the complimented person is paranoid or highly sensitive.
I.E. “Don’t you look thin!” (Hmmm, how fat did I used to look?)
Recently my brother e-mailed me on one of my blog posts. He told me he really liked this post, “It was the best you’ve written so far.”
My instinctive first thought was, “What was wrong with the other 280 posts?”
Why is it so hard to just say, “Thank you, that means a lot?”