Non-violence is the greatest Dharma; So too is all righteous violence.
'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
Even this challenging situation would ease
I think its partly the way we are brought up, the way the family and friends behave and interact with a child, the individuals personality and emotional make-up. We live in a world where in everybody is rushed off their feet, there's no time for little gestures like - well done, thank you for your timely action, thanks for getting that order, etc. Slowly criticism and negative remarks are more often being used at competitive work environment and even social environment; and sadly true appreciation is less often used.
The other issue with criticism is how is it presented, whether is serves the purpose and is it Constructive. Many a time under the guise of feedback or honest criticism people hurt other's sentiment and at times their career progression.
Yes, we all have to learn every day in life and the best teacher for us is a honest critic. I would say listen to the criticism, analyse it, if it helps you to realize your mistakes then you've learnt from it. If you feel its biased or too personal or out of jealousy and malice, just ignore it and move on for Life is too short to be surrounded by negativism of people around you. Finding people with a good heart may be difficult but once we've found them its important to keep them around us.
We should be able to differentiate between the two and take the constructive criticisms with open heart while the criticisms made out of jealousy and malice, just ignore it and move on without bothering for and paying any heed to it.
However, it needs proper control over our mind and a sense of prudent justification to understand the differences.
I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep.
Criticism as everybody has described in this thread, is of two types : one that is for betterment and the other, that comes out of negativity and ignorance or jealousy. One needs to first understand what type of criticism it is, and then should behave. Bursting out suddenly out of aggression is no way to resolution of it. One needs to think calmly on the point and root cause for criticism, to make self better.
Do what inspires you !!
Some critics are not just out of jealousy but it comes out of anger as well. That may not be constructive or destructive. Sugar coated appreciation should also be rejected as they may destroy you along with destructive criticism.