Everyone faces criticism; it’s one of life’s inevitabilities. School, work, relationships, and of course, fellow drivers all like to let us know we’re doing something wrong. Not all criticism is the same. Sometimes, it feels more personal, but other times, you simply care less about the message being given. When teaching complaint behavior in Interpersonal Communication, we note that complaints regarding one’s performance and personal characteristics are harder to accept. For example, if I say, “You didn’t do the dishes,” that’s less problematic than “You suck at doing the dishes” or “You’re a messy person.”
I find that once I’ve proven myself in an area, I’m less apt to be ruffled by negative comments. I’ve been teaching a long time. That does not mean I’m a perfect teacher, but by and large I know my strengths and weaknesses. I don’t worry that negative feedback there will throw me off balance or call into question my choice of profession.