fishing for compliments

Fishing for compliment is a well-known and common phrase used when someone makes statements that seem to be encouraging others to compliment them. When you are fishing for compliments, you typically make statements or comments that are negative about yourself because you want the other person to disagree with you and therefore compliment you as a result of it. The phrase is also used for someone that makes a general statement about themselves in order to encourage others to then compliment them.