Have you been searching for ways to deal with harsh criticism? Unfortunately criticism is a part of life. The great Aristotle once said, “Criticism is something you can easily avoid by saying nothing, doing nothing, and being nothing.” Basically what he is saying is unless you do nothing at all, ever, people will always have something to criticize. I would bet that people would still criticize you for doing nothing at all by calling you lazy. Of course, some criticism is welcomed and used to encourage you to do better, try harder, and make improvements. However, harsh criticism is rude, hurtful and unnecessary. If you are dealing with the latter, then this post is for you. I am going to give you 9 tips on dealing with harsh criticism.
1. Why do People Criticize?
Before we can start to figure out how to deal with harsh criticism, we need to understand why people criticize in the first place. Often times, harsh criticisms come from an insecure place. If another person is lashing out at you with comments like, “you are worthless,” or “you are stupid,” chances are he is the one with a problem, not you. A wise man once told me, “hurt people hurt people.” It is true and even though it is hard, you can’t take those negative words to heart.