I think I understand a part of this. Yesterdays seminar just reminded me of it. We're not puppys needing a pat on the head everytime we do something right. Because we're doing budo, and budo is either done right or not done at all.
If we're going about doing aikido to earn praise, I think we've lost sight of the goal.
Sensei Saotome's writings too help me understand this more when he explained what Osensei taught to his students about Aikido's secret and purpose.
But our generation do talk a lot don't we.