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7 Tips for Handling Criticism.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 7 tips for dealing with criticism. I have a very tough time being criticized, corrected, or accused – of even the smallest mistakes – and I react very angrily. I’ve wrestled this instinct under control in a professional context, more or less, but I have more trouble with it at home. All it …


8 Tips for Dealing Calmly with Criticism. Which I Find Very, Very Challenging.

Every Wednesday is Tip Day. This Wednesday: 8 tips for dealing calmly with criticism. I have a very hard time being criticized, corrected, or accused – even of the smallest mistakes – and I react very angrily. I struggle to respond calmly and constructively — even when it’s something like my six-year-old saying, “You forgot to put my library book …


Happiness: Interview with an (Imaginary) Hostile Reader.

I got a big kick out of an anecdote recounted in Tara Parker-Pope’s recent New York Times story about getting along with your relatives over the holidays. Two cousins were facing separate difficult family dinners, and in anticipation, they organized a game: Each made bingo cards, but instead of numbers, the squares were filled in with some of the negative …