How to Deal with Criticism

Don't Lose Hope

1. Don’t react immediately, and don’t take it personally (even if it was meant personally). Withdraw, and take time to process what was said.

2. Acknowledge the feelings it evokes in you; don’t just push them down inside (And remember: there are no wrong feelings). Try to figure out … Do you feel angry? Mad? Resentful? Unfairly judged? Misunderstood? Defensive? Vengeful?

3. Look at the source of the criticism. Is it from someone who knows you well? Is it from someone who cares about you? Is it from someone you respect yourself? Or, is from someone who frequently complains, and criticizes others, and is rarely objective? Does it say more about them, than you?

4. Ask yourself: “What do I agree with in what that person said? What should I reject – because it’s clearly wrong?” Try to be objective and balanced here. Is there anything to learn…

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