Veracity of the Criticism

15/09/2021

The psychology of criticism is primarily concerned with: motivation, healthy or unhealthy, conscious or unconscious, positive or negative, good or bad, effective or ineffective. Criticism is little more than a branch of homiletics. Criticism is a necessary part of life to grow and improve, but if not given correctly, it can lead to confrontation. Nobody likes being criticized. To criticize does not necessarily imply "to find fault". But how we handle it makes all the difference. If we lock up and become defensive, we are likely to waste a lot of time feeling bad. But if we can learn to take it in stride, with some genuine reflection on how we can use it, as a basis for improvement, we can come to realize that criticism can actually be a gift. Generally the people deprived of the parameters as critique focus on the person rather than on his work and it smells out their personal perception of the person not his creative work.
My journey across various dictionaries to arrive at the definition of Criticism concluded with the sum up that criticism is the expression of disapproval of someone or something on the basis of perceived faults or mistakes. Criticism is an evaluative or corrective exercise that can occur in any area of human life. Often criticism involves active disagreement, but it may only mean 'taking sides'. As described by shame expert Brene Brown, criticism is a coping mechanism used by people who feel unworthy.
Its purpose is to shift the spotlight off of oneself and onto someone or something else in an effort to feel safe. Language has a way of evolving a vocabulary that filters out attitudes in thought and the critical mind that objectively weighs the pros and cons and reaches a conclusion and is called a critique. In the lines of Ernest Hemingway, "Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors". Some of the most vocal critics of the way things are being done are people who have done nothing themselves, and whose only contributions to society are their complaints and moral exhibitionism. We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship. Ignoring criticism because of the manner of presentation can close out the possibility of accepting a potentially powerful critique that can bring positive change.
If we look at people who are successful verses, people who are often stuck, a deciding factor is often their willingness to listen to criticism and learn from it. It's never fun to be on the receiving end of criticism, but these thoughts can help us learn to deal with it more effectively. What is Critical thinking? It is that mode of thinking, about any subject, content, or problem, in which the thinker improves the quality of his or her thinking by skillfully analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing it. Generally we can categorize criticism as positive criticism, negative criticism, constructive criticism and destructive criticism. A positive criticism draws attention to a good or positive aspect of something that is being ignored, disregarded or overlooked. People may be able to see only the negative side of something, so that it becomes necessary to highlight the positive side. The term "positive criticism" is also used in the sense when the criticism is "well-meant" or "well-intentioned" and intended to serve a purpose that is constructive, in nature. The basic aim of positive criticism is usually to provide a better orientation, or frame of reference, for behavior. It provides ideas people can act on to improve the situation. At the very least, it provides more choices for behavior, and therefore potentially enlarges behavioral freedom. I take positive criticism as a positive alternative.
When we voice an objection to something, only with the purpose of showing that it is wrong, false, mistaken, nonsensical, objectionable, or disreputable, it emphasizes the downsides of something.
In the modern world, any word that does not suit to blind followers and having no analytical mind such blind followers stigmatize the critique as "Being negative". Some people find fault like there is a reward for it. My vision about criticism hinges on that 'An idea in itself for refinement in our way of looking at things in the right prospective'. The trouble with most of us is that we'd rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism. With more possibilities for sophisticated expression, criticism has tended to become multilayered. Beneath the observable surface presentation of criticism, which is freely advertised, there are often additional layers of deeper criticism. These are not directly accessible and these are mostly damaging in nature as we have no access to this version of criticism. I believe it is much more valuable to look for the strength in others. We can gain nothing by criticizing their imperfections as a critic is a man who may have the ability to judge us but is unable to achieve. Accepting criticism is not something that anyone enjoys and seeks out. According to Frank A. Clark, "Criticism, like rain, should be gentle enough to nourish a man's growth without destroying his roots."
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