What do you call someone who doesn’t take compliments? “Ostensible” A superficial person who denies praise despite believing it to be true themselves.
What does it mean when someone is uncomfortable with compliments? Specifically, compliments can make people with low self-esteem feel uncomfortable because they contradict their own self-views. People actively seek to verify their own perceptions of themselves, whether those are positive or negative.
Why do I struggle to accept compliments? “People have trouble accepting compliments for a number of reasons. Sometimes, it’s tied to social anxiety. It can also be caused by feelings of low self-esteem, or by going through life without experiencing positive feelings of gratitude,” explains Lisa Schuman, a New York–based social worker.
Why do compliments make me anxious? Your Self-Image Doesn’t Line Up
Another reason compliments can feel uncomfortable is because the words you hear don’t line up with the way you see yourself. Referred to as cognitive dissonance, it’s the phrase psychologists use to describe the inconsistencies.