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How would you take criticism?


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July 24, 2008 7:23AM

That might depend on whether it was constructive criticism or thinly-veiled insults, but I would listen calmly to the criticism, think carefully about what it might be telling me about myself, *and* about the critic themselves, and look for ways the criticism might help me behave more ethically or communicate more effectively in the future.

Either way I choose not to take offence, as it really doesn't help. If the critic intends to offend you, taking offence only gratifies them. If they mean no offence, and simply have poor communication skills, taking offence makes their attempts to communicate even more frustrating. Choosing not to take offence is a skill, mastered through persistent practice.