I saw a friend yesterday, and we had a rather heavy conversation about a number of subjects. And I discovered she knew a thing I thought I was hiding rather well until then: I don’t trust people. Not anyone. Even with my closest friends, I find it difficult to… lower my barriers.
And compliments really do hurt. I don’t really come from a family that… uses compliments. It’s just not what we do. The best I could expect were jokes from my father, and passive-aggressive statements from my mother. Entirely positive statements were… rare, and usually not meant to be taken seriously but rather, again, as a joke.