Factors to Help You Avoid Personalizing Feedback or Criticism- Part I

24 May


Consider your level of confidence as it relates to the particular situation.

If your confidence is low, give yourself permission for making a mistake and make sure you are clear about the specific desired action you need to take from the giver’s perspective.  The more confidence you have in something, the less likely you are to personalize the criticism. 


Likewise, confidence is linked to the number of successful experiences you have had. When you are criticized for something but can draw upon successful experiences to the contrary, it is easier to accept the criticism provided it is quality criticism or the kind of criticism that is meant to be helpful.  The opposite is also true. When you lack a frame of reference to put a criticism in perspective, that criticism can have a bigger impact and hurt you more deeply.


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