Has it ever happened to you that someone gave you a compliment and that little voice in your head started saying something in the lines of ‘’OK, but….’’? or you started thinking that the person must want something from you (a favour for instance) or they have some other hidden agenda otherwise they wouldn’t be speaking about you in such positive way? It’s as if you have a hard time believing that what they are saying is true.
Why is it so hard to accept a compliment? It doesn’t mean that you are not grateful for receiving one, it’s just that you don’t see yourself the way the other person sees you, or perhaps because you don’t feel worthy of it. Taking compliments has to do with your self-esteem, and if you have a low self-esteem, then you most likely speak to yourself and about yourself in an unsupportive way, you see more faults than virtues in yourself, and this reflects in your reactions to compliments, praise, and criticism. You see, before you can take in the positive words from others, you first need to feel good in your skin, so you need to think good about yourself, you need to be supportive of yourself in words and actions. One way of doing it is by repeating positive affirmations about yourself to yourself every day.
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