Nice little phrase for a common behavior: fishing for compliments.

If  you are fishing for a compliment you are saying something that virtually forces – or at least very strongly encourages – somebody else to make you a compliment.

Do my thighs look fat in this dress? pic: myhouseholdcapers.

Fishing for compliments is very frequent and not just in teenage girls.  It is generally thought of as a typical female behavior, but men are’t immune to it either.  In case you want to learn how to do it right, here is a guide.

And here are some examples of compliment fishing:

Woman:  “Honey, how do I look in this dress?  I think my butt looks really fat in it!”

Man: “Darling, what are you talking about, your butt looks spectacular in this dress. ”


Man: “Sweetie, I think I  am getting a bald spot up here!”

Woman: “No dear, absolutely not, your hair is as thick as it was the day I met you 25 years ago.”

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