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4 Strategies to Help You Learn to Take Constructive Criticism

By December 9, 2020December 10th, 2020Current News, Strictly Business Blog

Cross-posted from fastcompany.com [by Tomas Chomurro-Premuzic]

We often hear that it is a sign of emotional maturity and intellectual curiosity to be open to constructive criticism from others, and that negative feedback can help us identify important gaps between the person we are, and the person we want to be.

That said, nobody loves to be criticized. It would require a degree of intellectual masochism that is rarely found in people, with the exception of extraordinary achievers. Mega-successful people are not just hyperalert to criticism, but highly self-critical, to the point that their outstanding accomplishments can actually be explained as an attempt to self-medicate for their inner insecurities. What keeps people like Madonna, Serena Williams, Jeff Bezos, or Oprah going, but an exacerbated sense of perfectionism and dissatisfaction with everything they achieved already? Most people would stop and relax even after accomplishing a tiny fraction of what they have because they are not as self-critical.

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