Lately, I've fallen into an annoying habit. At least it annoys me when other people do it, so I think it's quite reasonable to say it's annoying when I do it.
The inability to take a compliment. I've got a few lately and I brush them off.
The compliment: "You've lost a lot of weight, hey?"
My answer? "I'm only at about 30 pounds now."
The compliment: "You're looking really good."
My answer?: "I still have a long ways to go."
Number 1, this is just annoying. When somebody gives a compliment, it's generally because they mean it and they want to make the person feel good. You're spitting in their face when you refuse to accept it.
Number 2, what is wrong with me that I am unwilling to accept a little praise? Do I feel myself unworthy of it? If so, I need to get a little bit of confidence and recognize the fact that I'm a pretty great person, and I'm starting to look it too.
Do you do this?
If so, practice with me. Imagine someone giving you a compliment. Smile. Then say, "thank you." Don't spit in their face.