4 Strategies to Handle Criticism Well

December 5, 2014 5:24 PM

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I have been publishing journal articles in the field of psychology for over 15 years. Despite publishing over 150, I would guess that my submissions have been rejected about 70 percent of the time. What that means is that I have consumed vast quantities of whiskey and picked myself up from feelings of self-doubt and despair many times. One of my mentors in graduate school told me, "You are going to be successful, not because you are the smartest, creative person in this program, rather you are too passionate to stay still and when you get knocked to the ground, you jump back up faster than the rest of us." And now I tell my students that one of the best things they can learn is how to handle feedback well. It's an art form and a skill that we can all improve on.

Let me offer three strategies. They are not the only strategies, just three that happen to be useful.

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