For what it's worth...
It seems that most of us (speaking in general terms) have a hard time accepting criticism without getting hurt or angry or defensive … and just as many of us have a hard time giving criticism without making others hurt or angry or defensive. I honestly believe that all of us provide our suggestions, opinion, critique, criticism, however you want to label it, as a means to to help our fellow classmates improve. Mostly, our words are actual honest feedback, meant to help the person we’re addressing. Giving our opinion,advice, suggestion or criticism is something that may cause anxiety, and perhaps we tend to focus on not hurting anyone’s feelings than on our main critique, which is often lost among platitudes.
Ultimately, it is an attempt on each of our parts to help each other get better. In an age where we communicate behind a keyboard, it can be difficult to determine a person's true intentions. I don't think that any of us are mean spirited. So I suppose that by offering "suggestions," perhaps it can be seen as positive and helpful and as a result, an instrument for improvement and change, no pun intended. When others offer their advice, opinion, critique or criticism, find the positive in it. Sure, it may come across in a manner not intended, but in most of our interactions, you can find a nugget of gold: honest feedback and a suggestion for improvement.
Last edited by William Byrd on Tue Jan 29, 2019 10:35 am, edited 1 time in total.
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