Criticism …..

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“To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”
Aristotle

Criticism is never fun, whether it is coming from a well-meaning person or from your arch ‘frenemy’. If the criticism is meant to be constructive, then you can use it to become a more well-rounded person. And if it is only meant to cause harm, try to rise above it.

We need to know where the feedback is coming from and understand the intentions of the person who is giving it to you.

If someone is giving us valid criticism, stop making excuses for why that person is completely wrong, especially if we know that there is some truth to what they are saying.

If we have recognised the criticism as completely destructive and hurtful, then we can think about why the person might have said such a thing to make themselves feel better. Put our self in the other person’s shoes. Understanding where he is really coming from, though the words will still sting, it may make us feel better.

Dealing with criticism positively is an important life skill. When challenged by another person, it is common to react in a negative manner. Consider how negative reactions make you look – and more importantly how they make you feel. The way in which you choose to handle criticism has a knock-on effect in various aspects of your life, therefore it is better to identify ways in which you can benefit from criticism and use it to your advantage to be a stronger and more able person.

Remember that other people do not influence your own self worth. Being confident does not mean thinking that you are flawless, but it does mean loving who you are. If you are truly confident, then you will not let ‘haters’ get us down and make you think less of our self.

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Look to use criticism you receive in your  life to become a stronger more able person.

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“An acquaintance merely enjoys your company, a fair-weather companion flatters when all is well, a true friend has your best interests at heart and the pluck to tell you what you need to hear.”
E.A. Bucchianeri


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