Picture yourself in a classroom the day after a big exam. The teacher stands before the class, lambasting your classmate Aaron for his less-than-impressive performance on the test. Then he turns his attention to Bessie, pointing out how wonderfully she did by contrast. Now, Aaron is slumped all the way down in his seat — but so is Bessie. Why is it that compliments can be as embarrassing as insults?
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Written by Reuben Westmaas April 13, 2018
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