Giving and Receiving Compliments: What are Your Intentions?

By:  Tyler Karlberg, Nancy Moua, Emily McDonough, and Sam Alakija

Concordia University- St. Paul

Faculty Mentor:  Dr. Kim Flottemesch

Compliments are a part of everyday communication in American culture.  While many use
compliments in order to gain compliance or to show interest in further developing a relationship,
underlying intentions may be different than what is perceived by the receiver.  The researchers of
this study investigated the difference in the motivations of compliments both given and received
based on different categories. Using a survey of students at a faith­-based university in the
Midwest, researchers were able to gather insight into the intentions of giving compliments as
well as the perception of received compliments.

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