Praise makes me uncomfortable. Whenever I do receive it, I try to quickly say my thanks, then deflect or change the topic.
It used to be so that I tried to deny the praise I would receive, but that would lead to an endless cycle of getting the praise thrown back at me.
Maybe it's an artist problem, where the creator is the biggest critique of their own work. But I am trying to figure out a way to receive praise more humbly.
The problem is not necessarily that I'm insecure about my work, I don't think, but more so that I am sensitive to empty praise. I tend to be skeptical about whether or not someone is lauding praise with intention or pity.
On the other hand, it's easier to receive praise when it's about something specific, then followed up with constructive criticism. I do want more people to do so with me, but how do I invite that?
Perhaps I need to be of a personality that responds well to criticism. I tend to verbally rationalize the choices I make or be overly polite, so maybe that deters others from giving me more candid criqitues. I'll try to be more like a friend I have in front of whom everyone feels like they can speak their mind freely.