Wednesday, September 13, 2006


In the dictionary criticism is listed as: disapproval expressed by pointing out faults or shortcomings.

Do you take criticism well? How many of us do? Yet it is an important part of self development. If you learn to listen to criticism you may find that you can find the key to improving who you are. That's not to say you're not fine the way you are, but we can all improve ourselves in certain areas of our lives.

Have you ever noticed how well we can all receive praise, but react badly to correction, when it is actually the criticism that we can learn the most from. If you can get over the initial sinking feeling and think about what has been said, you may find that you can see where you're going wrong. Although it makes you feel bad at the time criticism has some truth in it, you have to figure out what it is and try to change it. In fact, by learning to accept criticism is in its self self-development because you have learned not to become defensive and accept it in a mature way.

So, next time someone criticizes you, instead of getting defensive and bad tempered listen to what they say and try to change what you're doing that has attracted the negative comments. You will be surprised at the results – and the buzz you get when you succeed in fixing your shortcomings.



  1. Hello

    Interestingly, my alter-ego seems to suffer quite a lot when it comes to criticism. He seems to think that because he does not criticise, he should not be criticised also.

    Recently, this has changed (at last!). He is now learnig to value criticism, to see it as a necessary part of self-development.

    So thanks for sharing your thoughts on this.

    I actually came to this site via Nick Daws writing website :) I want to be a writer, you see, nearly as much as I want to develop myself (so says my alter ego, anway!)

  2. Hi bj,

    Thank you for your comments. I'm glad you are taking control of your alter ego. I used to view critisism as a presonal attack, but with age you learn to use it to your advantage. Self development is a journey, one we are all on from the time of our birth.

    I was also interested to see you want to be a writer. I was trained by Nick and he is now one of my closest friends. I wish you well on your quest to be a writer.

    I hope to see you here again and on the SD forum.

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