By: Maria Forget, Social Work Student
Criticism can be difficult to hear, especially when we take pride in what we do. It is hard not to take criticism personally since it could be incredibly specific and not always positive. As humans, we tend to jump to the worst-case scenario and lean towards the negative side of matters. Some of us may focus on the negative, as one negative word said has the potential to outshine the positive. This can create hurt feelings, even though the criticism was not intended to be taken personally.
Even though you may feel you’re putting forth your best efforts, it is almost impossible to be perfect. Criticism should be expected. Some individuals may take criticism constructively and learn from it, while others may feel defeated, resentful, or unfairly targeted. While reactions to criticism vary, you are not helpless because of it. If you feel as though you are especially sensitive to criticism, you came to the right place. I will be discussing some points through personal experience and observations on how one could accept criticism constructively, and why they should.
How one could accept criticism constructively:
Why is it important to accept criticism constructively?
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