- How do you react when receiving praises?
- What do you usually compliment others for?
- exist /ig-ZIST/
- deed /deed/
- potential /puh-TEN-shuhl/
- impact /IM-pakt/
- express (oneself) /ik-SPRES (wuhn-SELF)/
[verb] – to be, or to be real
Some people believe that aliens exist.
[noun] – an intentional act, especially a very bad or very good one
Let us do at least one good deed a day.
[noun] – the possibility of something developing or happening in a particular way
Thomas has the potential to be a wonderful leader in the future.
[noun] – a powerful effect that something, especially something new, has on a situation or person
Lily’s speech had a huge impact on the students.
[verb] – to communicate what you think or feel, by speaking or writing, or in some other way
Eric still has some difficulties expressing himself sometimes.
Three new studies from the psychology of giving compliments revealed that the fear of ways people would perceive our words doesn’t exist. Once people let go of that awkwardness, we would be able to build and enjoy better relationships with family, friends, and colleagues. In Naomi Grant’s—an associate professor in psychology at Mount Royal University in Calgary—most recent study, people feel better receiving compliments if we give them back. In other words, the more people believe one good deed deserves to be repaid, the higher chances of others follow up a compliment. This strengthens social psychology professor Vanessa Bohn’s research that people fail to realize something small has the potential to be a big impact on others. However, the study itself shows we rarely appreciate the power of words. In conclusion, the fear of giving praise comes from poor social “competence;” we’re worried about how we express ourselves properly.
There’s only one solution to this based on scientific research: share your kind thoughts. It doesn’t require anything special to show appreciation for someone. After all, acknowledging others or giving compliments doesn’t cost anything.
- What did three new studies from the psychology of giving praises reveal?
- What did Naomi Grant mention in her recent study?
- Who is Vanessa Bohn and what is her research about?
- What is poor social “competence” based on the article?
- What is the only solution to rid of the fear of giving compliments based on scientific research?
- Was there an instance where you felt awkward to praise someone? Why did you feel that way?
- How would you react if someone you barely know compliments you?
- How do you sense that a compliment given to you is sincere?
- Is poor social competence a valid reason to prevent us from praising others?
- How can we show appreciation to others without feeling uncomfortable?