Some Criticism Is Okay

I often consider some of the ramifications that come with giving or receiving criticism.  I believe that when either giving or receiving criticism, some constructive criticism can truly be helpful at times.  For instance, when someone is critiquing (in a constructive way) the work of someone else, such as how that person cooperates with others or performs under pressure, the person being critiqued can utilize advice to her/his benefit.  In that case, she/he can attempt to improve skills and strive for even further success.  In some cases, though, people can be too harsh in giving criticism.  That can definitely lead to some damage and volatile behavior on the part of the receiver, depending on the situation.  However, it can go both ways; people receiving criticism can end up twisting it into something negative when in fact it was meant to be truly encouraging.  In my opinion, this is where good judgment is useful.  It always helps to see all sides of the story (even if one’s point of view isn’t quite as well-meaning as we would like).  In that respect, we end up wiser and cognizant of the many different perspectives in a situation.

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