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Compliments: Who gives them and why? menu

Compliments: Who gives them and why?

Twenty or thirty years ago, researchers found that most compliments were given by women to other women, as a way of being friendly and, often, to start up a conversation. Many female compliments were about appearance, especially when someone had taken some trouble to look good. Is this true of the people you know? you could investigate this by keeping track of their compliments over a week or so.


Compliments - Language investigation [PDF 93KB]

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