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I assume you're being in tongue-in-cheek, but I don't think your reaction is neurotic. Allowing oneself to be affected by compliments makes one vulnerable on some level (and you suggest you can be strongly affected by these things), and a cautious, guarded reaction to the largely anonymous Teeming Typists of the internet is probably an instinctive reaction (and not a completely unreasonable one from the perspective of this cynic).

Just a theory.

Hestia

I don't think she's being tongue-in-cheek at all, because I have the exact same reaction. Something about the fact that someone has taken the time to write about how great I am is sort of embarrassing--which is not to say unappreciated.

Diddums

Hello, I don't think I've commented here before, but I've been reading for a while. Since BADD, I think? I don't always remember where I 'collected' a blog from!

This post I had to respond to - it made me chuckle. I do the same thing, whether I receive an email or a comment on my blog. My main reactions seem to be:

(1) astonishment ("oh my gosh, someone liked what I said!");
(2) satisfaction ("ah... the very reaction I was aiming for.")

It's as though you are striving for this reaction and when you finally get it, you want to push away from the computer and go away to enjoy that feeling for a while, as it's quite rare. There's another part of it - that you need to work out what your response will be (if any) and you can't do that while your brain is spinning. Have you noticed that bit in "You Got Mail" where Joe Fox types "should we meet?" and 'Shop Girl's' immediate response is to shut her laptop? That bit always makes me nod - it's spot on.

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