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117. Why is it So Difficult to Accept a Compliment?

'We're eager to get them and so pleased when we do, but then we utterly fumble their receipt.' So say Brett and Kate McKay in their article 'How to accept a compliment with class.' But why is it so difficult to accept something so good? A few weeks ago I spent a weekend with a friend in Suffolk. She had bought a week in a cottage there, in a charity auction, and had invited all her 'best women friends' to share it with her. My friend is a generous, big hearted and kind person; she is also very competent in a range of areas. Not surprising, then, that her friends regularly congratulated her on conceiving the idea of the week, which was wonderful, and complimented her on all the things