If you think others think you can’t, you definitely can’t

Criticism can threaten our sense of self-worth. 
 Sometimes we spend mental energy protecting ourselves 
 and block out criticism.

Criticism can threaten our sense of self-worth. 
 Sometimes we spend mental energy protecting ourselves
 and block out criticism.

 

Remember the last time a loved one asked you to eat a little healthier? Or the time that your manager asked you to work a little harder? If you were like me, you immediately became defensive. You concocted reasons in your head for why he or she was wrong and never really considered the possibility of the person being right. Good managers, however, know that the way to make you listen is to start off by complimenting you, and then directing any criticism. But why do we become defensive in the first place, and why does the initial complimenting work? Continue reading