Throughout our lives we will surely receive more than one criticism and they will not always be well intentioned or friendly; other times we will disagree with these criticisms and other times we will ignore them without doing something productive . But in this barrage of criticism we will also receive constructive criticism that is intended to help us , which we must receive and accept in a good way, transforming them into positive and productive ones, so that our work improves and evolves .

“A recent study discovered that of 100% of people who receive criticism, 70% feel hurt, 20% reject or deny it and only 10% reflect, internalize it and reconsider to improve.”

Accept criticism productively

Always receive them calmly
It is very easy to lose the role or react negatively to a negative criticism. This reaction is unlikely to lead us to anything good and will only denote our vulnerability and weaknesses, in addition to the fact that we cannot receive a bad review. In these cases it is better to wait to respond to criticism, always do it consistently and above all in a high level; never miss class.

Does criticism help?
The answer to this question has many edges and some completely opposite. There are some who support criticism and see it as a way to progress, even if they come from the fiercest detractors. In this case and for the criticism to be well received, it must be a criticism free of implications of a judgment to the person, that is, a criticism of a job or work, but not of the person; since if the criticism is handled by personal parameters it will be of little or nothing. It is up to us to decipher the intention of a criticism to know if it should really be taken into account, it is usually a difficult job, but it is the only way that a criticism serves or better passes into oblivion.

The constructive criticism of who comes
Another of the important details of a constructive criticism , is the author of the same one; As we emphasized in the previous point, a criticism is valid if it comes without personal prejudice and is made by someone who wishes to criticize to seek an improvement, but not to destroy, beat up or rant the work and the person who did it.

Although the phrase “constructive criticism” is made with opposite and even antagonistic words, a criticism can be constructive and obtain something productive from it , but this will depend almost entirely on the author of said criticism. That is why to take a criticism into account and take advantage of it, we must know very well the background, experience and knowledge of the person who issues constructive criticism. In short, take the criticism of who comes, with the same weight and importance of who emits it.

Should all criticism be accepted?
They say that even bad reviews are finally good and help; In many cases it will depend on us which ones we accept and which ones we do not; as well as which ones we take into account and which ones we don’t. Yes, we must accept all criticism, but we must not respond to all, much less pay attention to all. With time and experience we will learn to create filters for criticism and only listen to the intelligent ones and those who can help us, the others will surely go unnoticed as those who issued them.

Dr. Eric Jackson

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses. He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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