Neither a compliment nor insult, a neg is somewhere in-between.
Like somebody offering you chewing gum after speaking, giving you deodorant for Christmas, or saying the steak is tough.
A Jedi mind-trick often used in the art of seduction, ‘negging’ is a tactic for altering the power dynamic in a situation. Used wisely and with a smile, it’s great for building rapport and a sense of connection. But there’s always a flip side: people use to to lower somebody’s feeling of self-worth, thus attaching their worthiness to that person.
Don’t be a dick.