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Take your example of a time when someone criticized you and explore if there was anything you agreed with, even if it was just agreeing with the fact you could have spoken softer in the moment.   Although it’s often hard to recognize the part we have

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Last week we looked at asking questions to those that criticize us (negative inquiry). This week we explore how to agree with valid criticism, a technique called negative assertion.   The following steps are only relevant to situations where you believe the criticism not to be malicious

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Whenever I receive criticism it always helps – once I’ve digested things mind you – to talk it through with a friend. It’s important when considering which friend to talk it through with that you choose carefully. Someone too blunt and it can make your

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Last week we examined how to distance ourselves from defensiveness, this week we explore the strategy of asking questions, a technique called negative inquiry.   Ask Questions; Negative Inquiry   This can be scary at first but it does get much easier with practice. Ask questions to better understand what

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