It is never fun to hear criticism, be it from a well- meaning person or from your enemy. You can use criticism to be a better person if it is meant to be constructive, and if it is meant to harm you then shake it off like a bad habit. The following steps will help you deal with criticism:
• You have to know the difference between constructive and destructive criticism; constructive criticism is meant to help you, while destructive criticism is intended to hurt you.
You need to understand the intention of the person who is giving it; if it comes from a superior or a teacher, the chances are this person wants you to do better, but when it comes from a frenemy or a supposed friend then you have to ask yourself whether the person really wants your best interest.
• The best way to deal with criticism is to accept you are not perfect; you cannot keep thinking that you never do anything wrong. Nobody is perfect, so you are not as well. We all have flaws and if you do not see yours then you should analyze yourself more closely.
Think of your 10 biggest flaws that need improvement and make a list of it, and this is not meant to make you feel bad but to make you accept you are not perfect and you can be better by working on them.
• To best deal with criticism, do not take it personally; if your boss tells you – you are less productive than usual, it is because he wants you to step up your work, not because he thinks of you as fat and lazy. When your best friend says that you tend to zone out when being talked to, she is not calling you a horrible friend, she simply wants you to communicate better.