I have a problem with accepting compliments. Call it humility, call it a lack of confidence, or call it being just plain awkward, but as soon as someone compliments me, I always have to talk them out of it. Or at least convince them that I'm still lame somehow.
"Dinner tastes great!"
Me: "Eh, I overcooked it."
"I love your painting!"
Me: "Thanks, but the strokes are all weird."
"I like your hair today!"
Me: "Yeah, I did it. FOR ONCE."
"I like you."
Me: "WHY WOULD YOU SAY THAT?! I'M THE ABSOLUTE WORST!"
I didn't realize I had this habit until a friend pointed it out to me in college. Actually, what he noticed is that if someone complimented how I looked, I always had to make an ugly face. You know, so I looked less-good or something.
Ever since then, I noticed how capital W Weird I am with compliments. I try to just say "thank you" and then I shut my big fat yapper. But I swear I'm biting my tongue and stifling about 100 self-deprecating comments.
What is my deal?