ThreadMy totally unscientific opinion about men based on the responses on my last thread.
Yeah. It's just often, it can just be a way to mask your poor self esteem. Others can't hurt you if you joke about it first, etc. Which is why when I see loved ones who say they have poor self esteem, one of the things I tell them is 1) try to accept compliments, even if you don't believe them (that really doesn't make them wrong) and 2) to stop putting themselves down, even jokingly. For some people it may just be in good fun, though. But I'd still ask them to challenge why they do it.