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Constructive Criticism - Guidelines for the Critic

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  • Constructive Criticism - Guidelines for the Critic

    Hello everybody.

    Below you will find some points that could help, when you are criticizing something or someone in TG forums.

    1. Understand why you are offering criticism. Feel confident that doing so is appropriate to the situation and constructive for the parties involved. Criticism voiced out of self-interest or competition may be destructive.

    2. Engage in perspective taking or role reversal. As you develop a criticism strategy or response, try to understand the perspective of the person being criticized.

    3. Offer criticism of the person's behavior, not on her or his "person." Refer to what a person does, not her or his "traits," or "character."

    4. Even though criticism implies evaluation, emphasize description. Before offering any judgment, describe behavior you see or have experienced.

    5. Focus your criticism on a particular situation rather than general or abstract behavior. "Index" and "date" your criticism, much like a "journalist": deal with who, what, where, and when.

    6. Direct your criticism to the present ("here and now") rather than the past ("there and then").

    7. Emphasize in your criticism your perceptions and feelings. Indicate what you think and feel about the other's behavior that you have described. Use "I" statements.

    8. Invite a collaborative discussion of consequences rather than offering advice. Form a partnership to deal with problems. Do not compete with the other party; compete with the other person against the problem.

    9. Keep judgments tentative. Maintain an "open door" of dialogue rather than presenting your "analysis" or "explanation" of another's behavior.

    10. Present criticism in ways that allow the other party to make decisions. Do not force criticism on the other. Encourage the other to experience "ownership." People are more likely to comply with solutions that they generate.

    11. Avoid critical overload. Give the other an amount of critical feedback that she or he can handle or understand at that time.

    12. Focus criticism on behaviors that the other person can change.

    13. Include in your critical feedback a positive "outlet." Reinforce positive actions and invite the possibility of change.

    14. Invite the other to present criticism of you.

    "All wars are fought for money" (Socrates, 470-399 BC)
    "Only the dead have seen the end of the war" (Plato, 427-347 BC)
    "We make war that we may live in peace" (Aristotle, 384-322 BC)



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