Criticism Of Our Relationships With Others

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One thing that I have observed over the years is everyone truly receives criticism differently. How often do we find ourselves giving out criticism to others and watching them take it offensively when it was only intended to be helpful? Or on the other end, how often do we find ourselves receiving criticism that was meant to benefit us and taking it very personally and being insulted? I find this area of research truly fascinating because the knowledge gained is so beneficial. Learning how to effectively receive and interpret criticism is crucial in succeeding in our relationships with others. What is Criticism? Criticism may be intentional or unintentional, it may be delivered at unfavorable times, or it may even be taken the completely wrong way causing miscommunication and confusion. However, on the other hand, it can also be a very positive thing. Criticism’s merit depends on the way we perceive and interpret it (McKerrow, 2013). Merriam-Webster’s dictionary describes criticism as, “the act of expressing disapproval and of noting the problems or faults of a person or thing,” and also, “the act of criticizing someone or something” (Webster, 1993). From those definitions alone, it is easy to see how criticism can often be viewed as such a harsh and negative thing. It’s finding the balance between being offended and completely disregarding the criticism that we seek to achieve. Criticism as Positive Building Block Criticism can either make or break you and the choice
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