roadening our circle of friends can sometimes feel risky and uncomfortable. Relationships push us to address where we need to grow. It’s easy to feel skittish about hearing criticism—no matter who from or how constructive. It can be stressful, especially if you’ve received poorly conveyed feedback in the past. Anxiety, defensiveness, even fright can arise when someone asks for a minute to talk. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can learn to hear this information without losing your cool or feeling personally attacked.
With effective tools for taking in and processing criticism, we can depersonalize it. Doing so can help us become better friends, co-workers, and leaders.
In the GoodTherapy article, Managing Feedback Gracefully: A Key Skill in the Positive Use of Power,