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Criticism Criticism can be negative or positive the way it is said may be good or bad Why do most of us want to avoid giving or receiving criticism The purpose of criticism is to encourage positive outcomes what the giver wants Ideally it brings balance into our lives provides us with a basis of comparison and brings truth honesty and intimacy Hopefully it gives us honest feedbacka balance of praise and criticism Do most of us want to know how we are doing Why do successful business people actually seek out criticism from people they respect Why do people feel they are unfairly criticized Are tone of voice choice of words important What communication skills does one need to criticize well Why do those who are criticized act defensively Can one be defensive and actually hear what is being said RECEIVING CRITICISM Is this a great source of stress Have the past criticisms from parents teachers and other made us into the person we are today The receiver must try must try to personalize the criticism and view it as information worthy of examination either to accept or reject Often we associate the one criticizing us with hostile bosses or other in the past Is the criticism valid What is the intention What action is needed to be taken What is the worst part of receiving criticism Loss of control emotional involvement etc How do we normally react Defensive stop listening cry argue blame others feel rejected How can we reduce the stress Perhaps see criticism as just information Do we normally ask several questions is it legitimate Does the person have a right to criticize us neighbor parent and spouse boss What is the intentionblame me embarrass me destroy me What words set us off in angername used should have must have always never but Does the criticism tell you what is wrong and what is expected in the future Is the information
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