Office of Conciliation - Archdiocese of Chicago

F.Y.I.R. - For Your Information and Reflection

Dealing with Criticism

  • Try not to be intimidated by criticism.
  • Look for the wisdom in criticism.
  • Consider criticism as feedback – friendly advice and…consider the source.
  • “Suspend” reading into or interpreting the criticism, at least at first.
  • Walk in the shoes of the person who criticizes you.
  • Take the time to evaluate.
  • Seek a 2nd opinion…then be a change agent to yourself as needed.
  • Be assertive in your response if the criticism is unwarranted or unfair.

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