“Just be cool” – We hear it all the time when people get worked up about something. The idea has permeated our culture and we Americans pride ourselves on not being “overly emotional”. But what if that way of being actually did us more harm than good?
Why Some People Hate Receiving Compliments | People actively seek to verify their own perceptions of themselves, whether those are positive or negative. Compliments can make people with low self-esteem feel uncomfortable, because they contradict their own negative self-views. However, compliments can also make people with high self-esteem feel uncomfortable, if they associate praise with condescension rather than encouragement.