Levels to This: Dealing with Criticism

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“When you are a giraffe and you receive criticism from turtles, they are reporting the view from the level they are on.”

To say that quote doesn’t ring true would be an absolute lie and I can’t do that to you. Criticism is one of those things we as people will always have to deal with but there are different kinds of criticism and sometimes, it’s not even criticism at all – it’s hate and we don’t condone that around these parts. Below, I’ve given you two different kinds of criticism and how to assess each of them.

1. Constructive Criticism

This type of criticism is probably the most common because it is the most talked about. It’s when someone reviews you or something you’ve worked on and they give you advice or tips on whether it is good or not, how you can tweak or fix it and some even make suggestions on how to improve and make it better. This form of criticism can be looked at positively because the person is not trying to harm you or make you feel negatively.

2. Destructive Criticism

This method of criticism is mostly always negative and meant to destroy a person’s esteem. This type of criticism has the intentions to tear down how a person feels about themselves and their work and in essence, it makes the criticizer feel better about themselves. The way this person operates is they’ll act like they’re giving you constructive criticism but there are almost always undertones of malice and negativity. The solution: stand up for yourself.

By Monique C. Tillman

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