Reaction to Compliments

If someone compliments us, what is our reaction? If we are very
pleased, it would suggest a certain amount of uncertainty about our
skill. Imagine that somebody whose opinion we respect told us that we
were great at spelling three-letter words, or that our pronunciation of
vowels was wonderful. Chances are we would not be moved. We know we can
do it in the first case, and we don’t care in the second. Because we
were not evaluating ourselves, the compliment was unimportant. The more
instances in which we don’t "take the compliment," the less vulnerable
we become to evaluation and insult.

Source: http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199911/self-esteem-vs-self-respect

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