Jana, this is a very interesting thread.
I have a little story about this. I left home after high school for the Air Force (about a million years ago), and I have lived far away from my parents ever since. Not because of any issues, it just worked out that way. Whenever I am home (to this day) my folks are always giving me stuff, wanting to pay for everything, all of that. I would always argue, tell them it wasn't necessary, try to refuse. I vividly remember my mother telling me, sometime in my early 20s, to just take what was offered and say thank you graciously because it hurt their feelings when I didn't. It has always stuck with me and I've always thought it applies to compliments as well.
I certainly get why, after the A, it would be difficult to trust a compliment from your WS though. My situation was complete abandonment so I haven't had to deal with compliments but I will say I sure don't trust anything that he says or does.