Your critics aren't always going to be the nicest people to interact with. To take the criticism effectively without the emotional hit to the self-esteem, ignore how it's delivered. Photo by Andrew.
When a critic gives you their opinion, the first natural reaction is to respond emotionally. It doesn't feel great when someone tells you all your flaws. However, as business blog Inc. points out, putting your feelings aside to focus on how you can improve will be more beneficial to you:
But the truth is, criticism is often rooted in truth -- even when it's not delivered in an ideal manner. When you receive negative feedback, you have two choices: You can put your feelings aside and try to learn from the situation, or you can get angry and let emotion get the best of you. One method is proactive, the other is reactive.
Guess which one will benefit you in the long run?
Of course, this doesn't mean that every single person who ever says something negative about you is someone worth listening to. However, when you receive critical feedback from a trustworthy source, regardless of how it's delivered, it's helpful to be prepared for how to handle it.