One of The Reasons a Person Becomes Pleased When He [or She] Receives False Praise – [O Allaah! Do Not Abandon Us to Ourselves Aameen]
Shaikhul Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah [rahimahullaah] said:
The seeker of leadership- even through falsehood- becomes pleased with a statement that contains an exaltation of him, even if it is falsehood. He becomes angered by a statement that contains a rebuke against him, even if it is truth. [As for] the believer [i.e. the one with strong Eemaan and fear of Allaah], he is pleased with a statement of truth whether it is for or against him. And he is angered by a statement of falsehood whether it is for or against him. That is because Allaah [The Most High] loves truth, truthfulness and justice, and He hates lies and oppression.
[Majmoo Al-Fataawaa: 10/600]