Dealing with criticism positively is an important life skill. At some point in your life you will be criticized. You can either use criticism in a positive way to improve, or in a negative way that can lower your self-esteem and cause stress and even anger. Below are a few tips that may help you to respond positively the next time you are offered criticism:
1. Calm yourself: Always. Responding to a critic in anger is never a good idea and results in strained communication and relationships.
2. Ask yourself why?: Ask yourself why the criticism was made. Is the person genuinely trying to help, make things better, or avoid mistakes? Is there good reason for the criticism?
3. Respond rationally: Thank the person offering the feedback. Respond rationally, calmly, and honestly. Share your reasons, and acknowledge the person's points if they are valid. If you are unable to remain calm and rational, it is best to silent.
"If you have no critics, you will likely have no success." - Malcolm X