I know how everyone's going to begin their posts for this BEDM topic.
"I'm no good at accepting compliments..." will go the starting line.
Of course it will. No-one's going to be that person who stands up and says "I am the fricking shit at accepting compliments. I'm so good at accepting compliments that people compliment me on my acceptance of compliments. Oh, and I also shoot rainbows out of my fingertips."
I mean we all love compliments, nobody is going to sit there and say "Oh no please don't tell me I'm good at something, that is literally the worst thing you could do." What we are not good at is the graceful acceptance of compliments.
Is it a British thing? People liken it not being able to toot their own trumpet and I can see the similarities but they're not really the same - it's a big step to go from just saying "Thank you" when someone says something nice to us, to going out wearing a sandwich board proclaiming our awesomeness.
It shouldn't really be difficult though should it? You just. say. Thank you. That's all. It's a simple process - Compliment in, warm fuzzy feeling generated, thank you out the other side.
But it's just impossible.
Take this conversation I had with someone at work some time ago;
Colleague: Oh your beehive looks amazing, I wish I could do that.
Me: Oh my hair is just massively greasy is all. This beehive is stuck up here with determination and dirt. You can't do a good beehive unless your hair is proper filthy. So whenever you see me with a beehive in you'll know my hair needs a good wash.
Colleague: *nervously laughs and backs away*
And now I daren't put my hair in a beehive because they'll all know I'm a grease monkey.