Can you recall a time when your parents criticized you? It could be about your motivation for school or work, or a time you messed up on the soccer field. Chances are there’s a vivid memory that pops into your mind years, perhaps even many decades, later. It doesn’t even have to be over something meaningful. It’s the office worker who can’t let go of the small critique about her delivery during a practice pitch. The writer who lets a minor comment on the structure of a paragraph get wedged into his mind. Or the student who can’t move past the comment their friend made on the dress they were wearing. Criticism hits deep. It stings even more when we are already down.
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