pwshub.com

Why Compliments Can Be Hard to Swallow

Why Compliments Can Be Hard to Swallow
Why Compliments Can Be Hard to Swallow

Why it's so hard for some people to accept compliments

Receiving compliments can be distracting, and lead to a self-conscious state that's cognitively draining.

It's full of inspiration, but Eddie Brummelman doesn't find the Dutch expression "101 manieren om een kind te prijzen" very positive. The phrase, which is printed onto an educational poster, translates to "101 ways to praise a child", and contains suggested compliments like "you do that beautifully…" and "very good!"

The poster's message may seem innocent, helpful even. But Brummelman, an associate professor of developmental psychology at the University of Amsterdam, refers to this as inflated praise. And his research suggests that inflated praise can actually deepen a cycle of low self-esteem, even if it's intended to combat it.

It's not just exaggerated compliments that can cause discomfort. A German woman who dismisses a colleague's compliment on her appearance, or a Japanese boy who responds "No, no" when a relative calls him talented, might in some settings be conside

newsid: 8rdcwlacw0myy37

Related stories
8 hours ago - Poverty's profound impact on brain development and behavior underscores the need for targeted interventions to break the cycle of generational poverty.
17 hours ago - A new poll reveals that only 42% of Americans get enough sleep, with younger women particularly affected by sleep deprivation.
18 hours ago - Despite perceiving poor sleep quality due to dreams, individuals may actually be getting more sleep than they realize.
2 days ago - Advances in early detection, lifestyle changes, and new treatments offer hope for Alzheimer's patients by slowing cognitive decline and improving quality of life.
2 days ago - FDA approves Rejoyn, the first app for treating major depressive disorder, combining cognitive behavioral therapy lessons and exercises in a six-week program.
Other stories
1 minute ago - Los Angeles County confirms a case of measles, potentially exposing individuals at various locations between March 30-April 1.
52 minutes ago - ChatGPT provides detailed medical information, including potential treatments and emotional support for a rare eye condition.
52 minutes ago - A person with measles visited Universal Studios Hollywood and other L.A. locations, potentially exposing others to the disease.
1 hour ago - Overrated health foods like collagen powders and probiotic supplements should be replaced with underrated options like bone broth, raspberries, sauerkraut, and sleepytime tea for optimal health benefits.
2 hours ago - A Vervet monkey illegally owned in San Antonio bit an 11-year-old boy during a family gathering.