Chicago Media Quotes Willamette Study on Compliments

Are compliments more than just something you say to be nice? A recent article from the Chicago-Sun Times Media Group noted that experts say compliments can build self-esteem and promote healthy relationships between people.

The article also quoted from a 2006 Willamette study of the differences between the way men and women receive compliments.

Peter Wogan, associate professor of anthropology, and students in his "Language and Culture" class conducted a semester-long research project to examine the way compliments were given and received on the Willamette campus.

The class wrote an article and published their findings in the Women and Language journal.

Their study discovered that women often resisted compliments from men because they were on guard against male expressions of romantic interest.

They also found that women were more likely to compliment other women on their appearance, rather than skills, personality or possessions. The study noted that men did not comment as often on other men's appearances because they believe that type of compliment may indicate romantic interest.