Feedback or Criticism?

01. March 2023

Expressing 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐛𝐚𝐜𝐤 is about communicating how someone’s observed behaviour made you feel, keeping the response constructive for both parties. 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫. It’s an opportunity for emotional openness and collaborative efforts to improve the relationship between the giver and receiver.

On the other hand, 𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐦 is a direct evaluation of someone’s behaviour and is often used to negatively judge their abilities or actions. 𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫. It’s sometimes not constructive and can damage relationships with colleagues or clients.

If you want to criticize, do it directly and with a real “you-message”. Hidden “you-messages,” are a wolf (criticism) in sheep’s clothing (feedback).

What are your thoughts on this?


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