Episode 20: Dealing with Criticism

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None of us are strangers to criticism. We have all experienced different forms and reactions to criticisms, and have probably dished out a fair share of it ourselves. But we believe that examining the idea of criticism, where these things come from, and how to learn better patterns of behavior in relation to them is so important for your health and that of those around you.

Though criticisms can sometimes feel unfair and are often more about the other person than us, there is work that we can do, and figuring out what your part in a relationship or interaction is part of the work of growing. We both feel that this process of examination has been a super empowering one and that, even when we still make mistakes, progress is possible and very rewarding!

In this episode, we share some of the questions you can ask yourself about the criticisms that keep cropping up, either things that you instinctively dish out or things that you find particularly triggering. In order to stay afloat in this ever-connected world, we all have mindset homework to do, and it is such a pity to hide from your dreams and destiny for fear of being criticized! To hear it all on this important, delicate, and ultimately powerful topic, be sure to join us today! 

Key Points From This Episode:

  • Mid-winter reflections, Seasonal Affective Disorder, and the beauty of being snowed-in! 
  • The Esther Perel quote that anchors today’s conversation on criticism. 
  • Examples of situations in which criticism instinctively seems to arise in us.
  • Issues with football and finding ways to connect with things we feel inherently critical of.
  • What happens in our bodies when we criticize and assessing whether it is necessary.   
  • Different types of reactions that are possible in response to the bid of a partner. 
  • The conscious effort that it takes to make space for our loved ones at certain times.
  • Troubleshooting repetitive criticism and recognizing the unmet needs these stem from. 
  • Difficulties that all online content creators face in terms of being.
  • Why a non-response can be the most powerful move when dealing with trolls.
  • The practice it takes to gradually build a strong brand and online presence you can manage.
  • Types of criticism and the moments when you might have an opportunity to learn something. 
  • The hardwiring we all have around other people’s feelings about us.
  • Evolution of coping mechanisms to suit the changing landscape of human interactions. 
  • Doing the work, improving your self worth, and continuing to move through the world! 
  • The curiosity, empathy, and continual journey that we can all take in relation to criticism we encounter. 

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

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