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How to Take Criticism

Taking criticism requires having high self-esteem. Keep your head up with these positive practices.


  • Step 1: Listen Listen patiently to the person who is criticizing you, take mental notes, and try to hold in your emotions.
  • Step 2: Ask questions Ask the critic to explain exactly what they expect from you.
  • Step 3: Reflect on conversation Reflect on your conversation and look at criticism as a way to improve yourself. Welcome criticism and learn from your mistakes.
  • TIP: Forgive yourself for mistakes, and don't focus on your weaknesses. You're only human.
  • Step 4: Create goals Create goals for yourself. Achieving goals improves your self-esteem and helps you take criticism better.
  • Step 5: Welcome failure Welcome failure instead of fearing it. Turn it into a learning experience and keep trying if you fail.
  • Step 6: Focus on strengths Focus on your strengths and past successes. Be proud of yourself and celebrate your accomplishments.
  • Step 7: Laugh Laugh at yourself. Share your experiences with friends and family and make light of them.
  • FACT: Written in 1709, Alexander Pope's first major poem, "An Essay on Criticism," gave us the immortal line, "To err is humane; to forgive, divine."

You Will Need

  • A positive attitude
  • Listening skills
  • Questions
  • Goals

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