“the expression of disapproval of someone or something based on perceived faults or mistakes.
the analysis and judgment of the merits and faults of a literary or artistic work.”
My Mom would freely hand out criticism. I think she referenced as positive criticism so we could make changes and have a better life. I was not bothered by her criticism because it was simply who she was and she meant not harm. It’s all I knew.
Many of my friends took issue with the way my Mom dished out here criticism to me. Their problems with didn’t phase me. I would say over and over “that’s just the way she expresses her love and her wish for me to have a better and creative life.” Those who were trying to look from the outside in didn’t understand.
We all have choices about how to frame what others may say to us and about us. I had to remind myself today that often I choose to feel badly instead of choosing the more positive side of the criticism I receive. So here is my work around so I can make it happen. I am going to imagine that it is my Mom is delivering the news.
Do you think this will improve the way I process criticism?