"Flattery has to be pretty thick before it begins to wear thin."
I don't think there is anyone who is not susceptible to flattery. Many times it simply reinforces what we believe about ourselves - or would like to believe. It buoys us up, makes us feel good, puts a skip in our gait. Deep down, however, most of us recognize when we are being manipulated by flattery. Or, sadly, when we ourselves are doing that manipulation. So, why do we flatter? It is a part of today's society and an integral part of communication (especially in our t.v. shows and the like). It is often simple praise gone too far. Some consider it the "oiling" that gets things done. Flattery is so common that we take it for granted.....until it is applied with a trowel and much too thick! - Beth Almond Ford