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George the fear monster

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Why conquer your fear when you can laugh at it?

January 17, 2014


Why do fear monsters have such a hard time just accepting a compliment? I don't know about your fear monster, but George has a tendency to try to downplay or brush off a compliment, especially when it's something he's already insecure about.


George will analyze a compliment to death sometimes! Like the one in the comic today, he would freak out and wonder "Why didn't he say it was good? If he thought it was good, he would have said that! But nooooooo he says it looks like you work hard on it." And so on.... (There's not enough room in one comic strip to share all the crazy shit George comes up with when someone gives me a compliment.)


It's rarely as complicated as our fear monsters make it -- with compliments or anything, really. So, keep it simple. Just say thank you and leave it at that!


Your challenge for the week, should you choose to accept it, is to just accept compliments without justifying our downplaying them. Try to assume the person you're talking to is telling the truth! See what happens. (For most of us, it is harder than it looks, but give it a try!)


Sending you all lots of love,




P.S. If you can relate,  share this with your friends!


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