Criticisms are an expression of disapproval of someone or something, based on perceived faults or mistakes. It’s condemnation, finding fault that gives us a bad press.
Criticism is something we hate, something we don’t seem to tolerate well, but when the criticism comes from family, we see it as a slur on our squeaky-clean characters and therefore tolerate it even less. I’ve never understood why it has been more commonplace for family to be able to criticise in the way they do, like it’s their right.
Instead of criticisms, perhaps we should ‘big’ people up, instead of choosing to pull them down. I’ve never met anyone in my life who is able to take criticism positively. Criticisms should only be used to help us improve and grow.
I can’t help but think society is somehow to blame, because society dictates we’re politically correct. Whilst language must be politically correct so as not to cause offence, perhaps this goes a little too far. Perhaps we just need to think about what and how we say things instead.
If we come from a place of care and conduct ourselves in a conciliatory way, there should be no offence taken. Perhaps we just need to be more careful with our words. If we propose to speak to someone about something we’re not happy with, we should ask ourselves if what we’re about to say is kind.
Where it may be necessary to say something, it’s often how we deliver what we say that often falls short of the mark.