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How do I handle heavy-handed compliments?

I'm dating an extremely warm, sincere, and earnest person. Help me figure out how to handle his mountains of affection. [more inside]
posted by red_rabbit on Oct 6, 2014 - 32 answers

O captain, fire of my loins!

What are some flattering address from classic literature? My two examples (and the extent of my list) are Walt Whitman's "O Captain! My captain!" and "...light of my life, fire of my loins!" from Lolita. Both are very fun things to call Mr. Grandysaur. BUT I WANT MORE. I'm looking for grandiose, recognizable, turns of phrase that I can use to address those that are worthy. The more ridiculous the better.
posted by Grandysaur on Nov 14, 2013 - 40 answers

"But I don't even HAVE one."

How do I gracefully rebutt compliments I genuinely do not deserve? [more inside]
posted by Conspire on Sep 13, 2013 - 42 answers

Do women mind if a man compliments their feet or toe nail polish?

Since it is now summer and many women have taken to wearing open toed shoes frequently would it acceptable in a social situation for a young man with a liking to female feet to compliment a female friend and acquaintance on her toe nail polish or feet. In Canada women cover their feet for most of the year so it is a treat when they do show them.
posted by Jack V on Jul 12, 2013 - 66 answers

I want to not need this validation.

I think I have a problem with self esteem. Objectively, I know that I am a physically attractive person. This has been confirmed by plenty of people throughout my life. I want more than anything to be told by my husband that I am beautiful in certain ways, but he can't or won't. I don't want to need something from him that he is unable to give. How can I either stop focusing on this, or learn how to validate myself without his input? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 22, 2013 - 33 answers

Help me be gracious about my art

I have some talent at drawing, but I'm awful at accepting compliments about it, and paranoid about coming off as arrogant (...I could barely type the word 'talent' just then). Help me be less awkward and accept compliments with more dignity! [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Feb 13, 2013 - 24 answers

Feeling like a fraud when faced with compliments about my looks: How to Deal

How do I stop from feeling like I am a fraud (because I have a lot of flaws) when people tell me I'm physically beautiful? This insecurity in my looks/my reaction to compliments is affecting my life in a lot of ways. I'd appreciate any and all advice on how to deal with this! [more inside]
posted by rhythm_queen on Aug 30, 2012 - 67 answers

How do I respond when people insult themselves while complimenting me?

How do I respond when people insult themselves while complimenting me? Especially, when those insults are race related. [more inside]
posted by DorothySmith on Jun 27, 2012 - 52 answers

How do I take a compliment?

How do you internalize compliments and praise? [more inside]
posted by griphus on Dec 27, 2011 - 17 answers

how do you take a compliment?

how do you take a compliment? [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Dec 15, 2011 - 43 answers

Help the guy who trips over his own tongue compliment the girl who won't accept compliments.

Increasingly frustrated bloke looking for practical advice on how to say to his girlfriend - who won't accept compliments - without it sounding cheesy or like I'm angling to get her into bed. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2011 - 26 answers

How do I give and receive "vacuous" compliments graciously?

How to give and receive "vacuous" compliments graciously, particularly in relation to artistic work? [more inside]
posted by RobotHero on Apr 23, 2011 - 30 answers

It's not a zero-sum game, guys.

My partner is very liberal and effusive with compliments. I am generally much more reticent. When I realize that he has said the same things to others that he has to me, I can't help but feel like those compliments are now devalued, and that his esteem of me can't possibly be as high as he says it is. [more inside]
posted by Be cool, sodapop on Feb 26, 2011 - 15 answers

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.

What are ways I can compliment my lover in bed when I don't find him as beautiful as he does me? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2010 - 25 answers

Physical compliments from men: return them, or no?

I have a question about paying physical compliments to men, especially in the early stages of a relationship. Men compliment women about their appearance often. Do they want these compliments returned, or is there a separate protocol for woman-to-man commentary? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 9, 2008 - 42 answers

Is it insulting to compliment an educated non-native speaker's English?

Is it insulting to compliment an educated non-native speaker's English? [more inside]
posted by amfea on Apr 23, 2008 - 44 answers

How do you take a compliment?

Compliments and self-worth: Help me help my friend understand not everyone thinks she's stupid. [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Jul 20, 2007 - 34 answers

Giving Compliments to Men

How do you tell a guy he is... hot? [more inside]
posted by chase on Apr 14, 2007 - 49 answers

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