The Unintended Truth Behind Criticism: How to Turn it Into Self-Growth

Friend or foe — A double-edged sword, criticism can either sharpen or blunt a person

Janice Eastman
5 min readJan 17


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Criticism is both a blessing and a curse.

When used responsibly, it is a powerful tool to unlock our hidden potential. And help us build stronger personalities.

On the other hand, criticism can be seen as an opposing force that causes us to question our decisions and doubt ourselves.

It is a powerful tool for growth if we approach it correctly.

It’s not just about accepting criticism. But instead, looking at it objectively and understanding its intentions.

Understanding the truth behind the criticism and taking responsibility for our mistakes can turn criticism into an opportunity for personal growth and development.

In a world where criticism can come from any direction, we must learn how to use it to our advantage.

It is essential to know that criticism has two sides — the positive and the negative.

The positive side is the constructive feedback and advice that can help us learn and grow.

While the negative side is the judgment and opinion that can do more harm than good.

By recognizing the truth behind the criticism, we can use it to our advantage and turn it into a source of self-growth and development.

To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” ― Elbert Hubbard, Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Vol. 3: American Statesmen.

Here are five pieces of constructive criticism that can help us make the most of the fuss and use it to our advantage:

Don’t mix emotions in with criticism

It’s important to separate our emotions from the criticism we are receiving.

Often, criticism can be emotionally charged and hard to hear.

Taking a step back and objectively analyzing the message helps us better understand the criticism’s intentions.



Janice Eastman

From reading my writing, I hope you will begin to break down self-imposed barriers and find your authentic self in the extraordinary story of life.