What Is Compliment Fishing?

Compliment fishing is a flirting tactic where one person seeks validation or compliments by making self-deprecating statements, hoping the other person will disagree and offer praise. Fishing for compliments can be used as a fun and playful way to help build rapport if used sparingly but will be off-putting and could sour a relationship if overdone.


1. Be genuine.

2. Use sparingly.

3. Accept compliments graciously.


1. Don’t be manipulative.

2. Don’t overdo it.

3. Don’t dismiss compliments.