I don’t take compliments very well. In fact, I’m often very modest in that aspect. (My wife may disagree with me, but she would be wrong.) I also have a tendency to give credit where credit is due. I won’t take kudos for something that wasn’t originally my idea.
I’m not saying I don’t have an ego. I already boost my ego regularly by commenting on how awesome I am. I also over exaggerate the importance of something trivial that I accomplished (like change the toilet paper roll). I enjoy being that way because even the smallest of gestures sometimes need a bit of sarcasm and fun. Oh look! I refilled the paper in the photocopier when it wasn’t even low!
When my children were younger we commented on what a great job they did at nearly everything. Just like most parents. At first we were proud of their accomplishments. Learning to walk or brushing their teeth, but over time- children needed constant validation for everything they did.
I’m not searching for validation. I figure doing a good job is satisfying enough. And I do a good job. *pats self on back*