To learn how to deal with criticism, you will need to change your perspective. Instead of viewing it negatively, you should look it at as a positive learning experience to improve who you are. In this self-improvement guide, you will learn how to deal with criticism in such a way that it actually benefits you.

You probably have already experienced criticism to one degree or another at some point during your life. Criticism occurs when someone passes a judgment on your abilities, qualities, accomplishments, virtues, aptitude, opinions, as well as your mistakes, incorrect forms of thinking or our faults. Most individuals view criticism as an implication of fault or wrongdoing. However, it may also be a form of disapproval or suggestion.

Here are some steps on How to Deal with Criticism:

1. The first step to take if you are interested in learning how to deal with criticism is to investigate if there is a certain truth, even if exaggerated, in the criticism you have received. Through self-examination, you develop humility and understand you always have room for improvement.
2. We all want to be well-liked, successful and happy. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to actually "see" who we are. When you are being criticized, it is important to try to see yourself as the other person sees you. In doing so, you will come to know yourself better and be able to achieve the success, likability, and happiness that you seek.

3. We all have our own perspectives on events, situations, and people. However, sometimes we are hindered by those perspectives. This is especially true if we are not open to what others have to say. Active listening is an important component of self-improvement. If you are criticized, simply make an attempt to listen to the words the individual is saying but ignore the tone. Active listening is a way of helping you build a stronger relationship with others too.

4. When faced with criticism, it is imperative not to give in to the temptation of retaliating in kind. Keep it to an honest evaluation of yourself. Make a commitment to work on those areas you can do something about and you will enhance your ability to solve problems quickly and effectively.

5. When you receive criticism, it is important to ensure that you create an action plan to address what was expressed and that you stick to it. By doing so, you will constantly improve who you are as an individual.

6. All too often, when we are criticized, we allow ourselves to worry, hold a large number of regrets and even experience fear. It is important to avoid allowing yourself to fall into these negative mindsets. Not only will you be able to handle criticism in an appropriate manner, you will also learn to let go of these mindsets in other areas of your life.

7. When learning how to deal with criticism, it is important to understand that when you feel uncomfortable when it is being expressed, it is likely because you are experiencing insecurity over what is being said. By knowing this, you will be able to dedicate yourself to overcoming those insecurities.

8. Learning how to deal with criticism provides you with the opportunity to learn more about others, what is important to them and even how they may see themselves. By appreciating others and understanding what makes them who they are, you will develop patience, empathy and awareness.

9. When you are criticized, it is important to remember that none of us is perfect and in some instances, our flaws make us who we are. However, it is also important to understand that because we are not perfect, we are in a constant state of learning.

10. Not all criticism is founded on truth. If you know that criticism you receive is unfounded, smile politely and don't otherwise react to it. Reacting will accomplish nothing positive and only appear to justify the criticism.

If you want to learn how to deal with criticism, it is important to know that you are not alone. Many are seeking the same for themselves. Criticism should not be viewed as a negative situation. It should be viewed as a door of opportunity that has the potential to enhance who you are.

The steps outlined above offer a helpful guide. Regardless of what you are criticized on or who provides you with the criticism, it is important to view it as a positive learning experience that will permit you to achieve the happiness and success that you desire in life. Take these steps and apply them and you will be successful in learning how to deal with criticism.

Author's Bio: 

Evelyn Lim shares inspiring personal growth articles for mastering self and manifesting abundance at She is a certified life coach, author, intuitive consultant and vision board counselor. Please sign up to her abundance newsletter and get a free gift upon signup at