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Self-praise is no praise, but that’s ok since Chinese cannot be praised anyway

November 28, 2009

You’ve heard the phrase “self-praise is no praise”. You’ve also heard that Chinese cannot be praised, or they will screw up.

Therefore, once you have done a really good job, you should quickly praise yourself before anyone else does, since nobody will (want to) praise you after you do so, preventing any negative effects of praise from occuring. And since self-praise is no praise, you won’t be inflicting the negative effects on yourself anyway.

So if you’ve ever wondered why successful Chinese are such self-praising snobs, now you know.

Let me know if this works for other races too.