Grooming people with compliments and preying on people’s “goodwill / kindness” or people’s natural tendency to doubt themselves
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This is something that I often think about. I have been excoriated by my father in the past for not being able to accept a compliment. So I spend energy on trying to be gracious about compliments paid to me, even if I think the person is full of it. How do you tell the difference between an honest compliment and “grooming?” Interestingly, this inability on my part to see this difference is probably down to self-doubt from way back. Kind of a Catch-22, I suppose.

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