Right, so, despite my best efforts at being clear yesterday, it seems that there was something that people didn't quite understand.
If you don't know me, and you compliment my appearance, don't worry. I'm not going to snap at you, yell at you, scowl, growl or otherwise behave rudely. That's not really my style. Of course I understand, being as how I acknowledge my discomfort with being complimented on my physical appearance as being atypical, that most people are trying to be nice. They don't know that my mind doesn't work like most of the other population.
Of course I would smile and thank the person. When/if they get to know me better, then I will let them in on my peculiarities. They were just trying to be nice.
I'm not in the habit of shouting down nice people.
Thank said, I'm not going to apologise for disliking such compliments. That is just how I feel. There isn't much to be done about it, really. And I'm entitled to the way I feel. It's a peculiar quirk, I know, but it's mine.
It would be a different story if I let my feelings control everything I did, but since I don't go around screaming at people for complimenting my appearance (except cat-callers. I'll scream at them, because fuck those guys), there really isn't anything to be sorry about.
I learnt how to deal with my discomfort with those compliments like a civilised person. It's something we all should learn how to do when faced with uncomfortable situations.
Unless you're being cat-called. You can forget about being polite then.
Hey, they broke the rules of civility first.
Right, I have to go get ready for training right this minute. I hope that clears things up for anyone who was confused.