Let’s be frank – it’s never easy to receive criticism and most of the time it brings up very uncomfortable feelings. The good news is that with practice such as role play (never underestimate its power!) and with doing things such as inviting criticism from people you feel safe with (like friends) you’ll be able to develop your assertiveness and diplomacy skills so that it bothers you less.
You’ll reach the point where you’ll be confident that no matter how the criticism is delivered, you’ll have the capacity to deal with it, minimizing any possible upset. So keep at it by role playing as much as possible, and, when you feel ready, inviting friends to criticize you (you can always say go easy as a start). It’s such an empowering skill to have, you’ll be pleased you did, I promise.
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