Today’s Word: deflect

November 29, 2017     =========

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Learning to deflect criticism is an important skill. A lot of the time when people criticize us, they are really talking about themselves – they are noticing their own weak points in our behavior. We are like a mirror to them, and so they criticize us rather than look at their own weak points. If you think someone is doing this to you, try to deflect the criticism away from you so that it is no longer directed toward you or no longer affects you.

A lot of the quotes this month have been about ignoring both criticism and praise. Learning to deflect or brush off comments from others (whether they are too positive or too negative) is an important skill, I think. How about you? Do you agree that it’s important not to let ourselves be too affected by either criticism or praise?