Today’s Word: criticism

June 17, 2018 =========

☆  criticism  批判


A criticism is a statement that expresses disapproval. It is the opposite of praise. We often talk about “constructive criticism” and just plain criticism (or sometimes you’ll hear the term destructive criticism). Constructive criticism is intended to be useful, and positive, in order to help the person improve themselves or the thing that they are doing.

Criticism that is not constructive is more like an attack on the person’s ideas, character or ability. It can hurt your pride and have a negative effect on your self-esteem and confidence. When someone gives you criticism, your response is very important! If you just get angry and argue with them, you won’t learn anything, right? Instead, you could try saying something like “I can see why you would say that. However, let me tell you why I did it this way.” At least this way, you both understand each other and you can start to find a solution together.

How do you handle criticism when it’s not constructive?