As in, it’s new to me (like this one).
It’s kind of gross, but that probably reflects my attitude toward it.
I’m sure you’ve met these people, because I have; I’ve occasionally fought not to become one myself.
These are those individuals, starving for affirmation– for words of encouragement and approval– who go around with their beggar’s cup outstretched then throw back everything they’re offered.
I surmise the psychology behind these emotional bulimics is parallel to that of physical bulimics. I’ve heard the reasons may range from self-loathing or a feeling of unworthiness to a simple matter of habit or muscle memory.
Whatever the reason, I think it’s nearly as unhealthy as the more familiar form of bulimia. This alienates people and cuts the “sufferers” off from their increasingly narrow source of all they are seeking…
Anyway, I’m sure there are more parallels that those closer to the affliction could draw, but this is enough for my purposes– a self-warning (that I hope others will take as well) that “simply swallowing,” accepting kind words as they are, is the healthiest response to a complement– fished for or not.