How do you handle criticism?

Just a quick question for you tonight —  How do you handle criticism? 

  • Do you sulk, stomp your foot, pout?
  • Do you consider it carefully, looking for what may be the truth of what was said?
  • Do you get bent all out of shape and defensively confront the one who made the criticism?
  • Do you accept it gracefully and chalk it up to experience?

How do you handle criticism? With maturity or with ego?

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂



11 responses to “How do you handle criticism?

  1. Outwardly I handle it with maturity, accept it gracefully and try to learn from it. Inwardly is another story!


  2. A strong, healthy ego is a sign of maturity. That sense of self is what allows us to sort through criticism, accepting what’s useful and rejecting what’s irrelevant or just “nit-picking”. Or so I think. 😉


    • Good points, thanks, Linda. It’s the unhealthy ego, the over-inflated pride, that can’t take a hit well, and is where it can become a problem, I believe. 🙂


  3. I am good at hiding my emotions, and usually stay calm, so it looks like I take it well, but on the inside I may be a bit disappointed. I try to listen to what the person is saying and most of the time they are trying to be helpful and nice but I also want to tell a person if what they say is false! 😉


  4. Honestly, my first reaction is probably ego based, but once a little time passes and the truth of the criticism sinks in, I can be more mature about it.


    • Ruth, I expect that is how many of us feel. It’s a reaction more than a response, and it takes time to get to that mature place. 🙂 Thanks for your comment.


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