role play

Receiving Criticism in action: Role play with a friend how you would respond to put downs

This is your opportunity to practice all the amazing things you would have said if you had thought of them in the moment (don’t worry very few of us do have an immediate reply to put downs).


Remember the key is to stand up for yourself by being assertive – this is the most effective way of putting them in their place and avoids unnecessary conflict or an unhealthy competition between one another’s put downs, which only serves to encourage and escalate the unwanted behavior.


Receiving Criticism in action: Role Play

Keep the example you selected yesterday in mind and role play with someone close to you how you could have handled it better using the three steps of how to distance yourself from defensiveness listed in Monday’s series post. You might be self-conscious during role playing but it’s worth persevering as this is a very effective exercise.