Criticism is the act of pointing out the faults and merits of someone or something.

Criticism, if not well presented, could be hurtful and may have a negative impact on a persons self-esteem. It however need not be so. Rather, criticism should be constructive and yield positive results. The same criticism which hurts a persons esteem may be more effective if presented in a different way.

In order to constructively criticize, take note of the following:

  • Start out by saying something good
  • Criticize the ACTION, not the
  • Comment on the action which can be changed or improved upon
  • Be specific- You arrived late , INSTEAD of You always arrive late
  • Give recommendations for improvements
  • Let the person know you understand his/her feelings
  • Reaffirm your support.CONSTRCRITI



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