How do you handle compliments given to you unexpectedly?

May 25, 2007 3:01am CST
Recently, a new male officemate told me that i am pretty,but he said it merely just as a compliment. I was thrown offguard at his sudden remark and i didnt know how to react so i just passed it off as a joke and i think he got offended. What is actually the proper way of handling compliments given to you? How do you handle them?
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@shorva (923)
• Philippines
26 May 07
I suggest to just smile and say thank you and change the subject right away without being obvious. My boss before has a crush on me and he always gives me compliments. The good thing is we are good friends, but of course at first I do get really uncomfortable, mostly because he's my boss. I suggest not to disagree or pass it off as a joke, they say too much humility sometimes is not good.
@alpine_007 (1476)
• Pakistan
25 May 07
i don't give much attention to the compliments which i recieve, i just say thanks for the compliment to the person who gave me the compliment and just start moving or working
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@jlara_gtr34 (3492)
• Philippines
25 May 07
hey there. i am really a person who is really not good in receiving compliments, whether i receive it expectedly or unexpectedly. lolz. whenever someone would give me a compliment, i always say "oh no, its not true" or something similar to that. :P lolz. :)
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@maurs99 (55)
• Australia
25 May 07
I'm nearly 50 and it shows so I don't get compliments too often but whenever I have in the past, I have to say that I blushed furiously and stuttered a thanks. I think that thanking the person casually might be the best way of handling it and then perhaps changing the subject to a more general topic eg: weather, news.
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@sid556 (30989)
• United States
18 Jul 07
I have never been good at taking compliments. I used to just get really embarrassed. Now I still get embarrassed but I do manage to say thank you. The person giving the compliment is not usually trying to make you feel uncomfortable. Most people are sincere and want you to feel good.
@butterfly39 (3907)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
Well if you think that he's telling the truth, then you say thank you and be yourself. Stay cool and stay sweet to prepare another complements coming your way.
@nicola82 (478)
• Italy
25 May 07
I'm really embarassed to receive compliments