When someone pays you a compliment – first you wonder if they are joking, then when you realize they aren’t, you wonder if they just maybe have very low standards…or it must be pity.
So, afraid of disappointing my potential, significant other, I assume that they will do the same to me, and what would be classed as rejection, makes me fear the idea of neglect, so I reject them first. Crazy? Yes. Unjustified? No.