Actually, I've just been hit recently by people selling things, and using vanity to help them. There was the "consultant" who told me that I looked like Audrey Hepburn. No, thanks, I don't want to buy any cosmetics. And there was the "consultant" who liked my design work. No, thanks, I don't want to drop $400 on a portfolio package.
Anyway, it got me thinking. Vanity is used frequently to try and sell things, and often, it works. Why? Why do we let ourselves be swayed by someone appealing to our vanity? But then, we've all learned to do it to get something we want. Even my little brother has learned to tell our mother what a good mommy she is--and he's only 5.
This has been a rather philosophic post, one without any answers. Except that, I plan to watch out for those compliments that may not be sincere. Do the same. I leave you with a quote from the wise Jane Austen:
"Vanity working on a weak head produces every kind of mischief."Mr. Knightley, from Emma