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Thomas G. Plante Ph.D., ABPP

Do Yourself a Favor… Learn From Criticism

Don't let the narcissistic injury of criticism get you down. Learn from it.

Of course some criticism is offered in a mean spirited and hurtful way. But often it is not. Without appropriate corrective feedback we can’t improve ourselves. It is critically important to know the difference between helpful corrective feedback and the more destructive mean spirited criticism that aims to hurt. Perhaps when criticized we need to take a long deep breath, count to 10, and ask ourselves as objectively as possible if there is any truth to the criticism and what can be learned from it.

So, what do you think?


About the Author

Thomas Plante, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor at Santa Clara University and an adjunct clinical professor of psychiatry at Stanford University.