Why can't women take compliments?

NATALIE REILLY
Last updated 11:25 20/05/2013
Amy Schumer
Getty Images

YOU LOOK GREAT: Amy Schumer and Jesi Klein trade compliments.

Related Links

Are women holding themselves back? Why women's looks still count

Relevant offers

Life

Eight things that happen when you quit alcohol McDonald's oldest employee is 92 and has no plans to retire Why childless women should get maternity leave, too Everything you need to know about ovarian cancer Can you crack the latest intelligence test? Misty Copeland is stoked to have inspired the latest iconic Barbie Met Gala 2016: Is Jay Z still in the doghouse? Beyonce goes solo, wears latex Tinder: Can you use a dating app to make friends? Why 'the bank of Mum and Dad' isn't helping anyone 'I was still in there': Woman learns what it's like to be trapped inside her own body

Are you a woman? Do you struggle to accept a compliment? Then this video is for you. We're not entirely sure why so many of us feel the need to bat away the lovely things people say to us, although our hunch is it that has a lot to do with the way we're socialised - don't be too loud, don't be too self-aggrandising, make sure you put others first.

Let us turn to the feminist holy book du jour - Lean In - and paraphrase Sheryl Sandberg, who points out in that women are rewarded for being more 'communal' and 'nurturing' and penalised for tooting their own horns.

There are a fortunate few of us who can say 'thank you' and leave it at that but the more common response is usually 'thank you' followed quickly by 'but this dress makes me look like a pregnant peccary' and the reliable fallback 'Oh, you're just being nice", which most of us truly believe!

Watch! And enjoy the hilarious combination of low self-esteem and champagne wit in action.

- Daily Life

Are you good at taking compliments? How do you do it?

Ad Feedback

Comments

Recipe search

Special offers
Opinion poll

Is it ever OK to complain about other people's kids?

Yes, children should be seen and not heard.

No, let kids be kids and let off steam.

It depends on the situation.

Vote Result

Related story: (See story)

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content