“Hey, great to see you. Nice hat.”
“Oh, it’s pretty old actually. I really need to get a new one.”
A better response?
I had this exchange almost verbatim recently. A simple compliment, given earnestly. But not well received, and instead turned into mild self pity.
How often we do this to ourselves. Turning our strengths into a weakness, and in effect complaining about a strength.
We don’t always conceive of the thing as a strength, though. Others often do, because they’re not in our doubt-filled heads. They just see the nice hat, and want to give a compliment.
Even when a strength is only perceived (rather than real), better to just go with it: