I never know what to do with a compliment. It always feels like someone's handing me a big gift in a room with no furniture, and I have no idea where to put this generous, cumbersome thing.
Somebody just said to me the nicest thing a person could hope to be told, maybe the nicest thing he ever said to anyone, and my response was, "Thank you, that's very nice to hear." and then I proceeded to explain why I'm more trouble than I'm worth and he really wouldn't want me anyway, and I pointed out a few of my larger but less obvious character flaws and then he gave up trying to make me feel good about myself.
Am I a schmuck, or just uncomfortable with direct attention? Or both?
What is the proper way to handle a glowing compliment? Is "thank you" enough?