“Pay no attention to what the critics say; there has never been set up a statue in honor of a critic.”
—Jean Sibelius, Finnish composer (1865 –1957)
We all get hit by life’s slings and arrows from time to time. These can come from a resident critic—a family member, friend, or coworker who always finds something wrong—or as an occasional put down that catches you by surprise. What do you do when an insult is hurled your way, privately or publicly? Do you pretend you didn’t hear it or hurl an insult right back? Do you internalize it or get angry and lash out . You may not be able to stop someone’s nasty words or careless actions, but you can change how you deal with those barbs. They don’t have to take you down or tempt you to retaliate.
Try these 10 healthy and empowering tips to meet insults and criticism gracefully and appropriately.
We’d love to have you join the conversation. What tips and tricks have helped you cope with criticism?