Yes, Criticism Hurts

by Marianne Richmond on June 21, 2005

Jane Genova had a great post today, Criticism, Way Over-rated. I agree. Criticism hurts…by its very nature it is judgmental: one judged by another. It is different than disagreement. Disagreement is a more level playing field. WE disagree versus  I criticize you or you criticize me. In the criticism arena, one of us has or takes more power…to be the judge. To dish it out, but not to take it. That’s why we remember the sting of criticism….it is one sided and it is meant to hurt. Constructive criticism? An oxymoron. We can accomplish more by disagreeing, or as Jane Genova points out, by stating comments as a different point of view.

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