How To Give And Receive Compliments Assertively Worksheet Template Page 5


Here are some more helpful and assertive thoughts to challenge any unhelpful thoughts you
may have. Remember you can also use Thought Diaries and Behavioural Experiments (see
Module 3) to help you come up with more helpful and assertive thoughts.
 The compliment may be genuine.
 Even if they are just trying to be nice that is still a positive thing and I can reply
 If I don’t accept the compliment I may make the other person feel awkward.
 Accepting the compliment may make the other person feel better too.
 Accepting a compliment gracefully doesn’t mean I have to agree with it
 If I start believing some compliments I may not feel so bad about myself.
 Accepting a compliment does not mean that I am going to become big-headed. If
that were the case I would already be complimenting myself!
 People give compliments for a variety of reasons. Don’t waste a lot of time
wondering why someone gave you a compliment. Just appreciate the fact that
someone took the time to say something nice to you!
 You are just as entitled to receive a compliment as anyone else.
See if you can think of any other assertive thoughts about accepting compliments. If you
have discovered some unhelpful thoughts write down some more helpful thoughts to
challenge these.
Steps to responding to Compliments Assertively
1. Look at the other person. Sit or stand up straight. If you shrink back or don’t
look at the person it may seem as if you don’t like them or don’t believe them.
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