Dannye Williamsen en Self-Improvement, Lifestyle, Blogs in English Editor • Your Editing Partner 21/11/2016 · 1 min de lectura · 1,3K

The Powerful Difference Between Feedback and Criticism

The Powerful Difference Between Feedback and CriticismIt is not unusual to hear people use the terms feedback and criticism interchangeably. In my mind and many others' minds, however, the emotional connotations of the two are diametrically opposed. Criticism is often compelled by negative feelings within the critic. As Oscar Wilde said, "Criticism is the only reliable form of autobiography."

It is true that those who choose to be critical of others and their work are often suffering from issues of their own. Sometimes they are deflecting their own disappointment and pain by finding fault with others. Some people simply avoid doing the work of change within ...
themselves and choose instead to put others down so they feel better. Another example is those who are angry about their lack of control over their own lives and seek ways to impose control over others in group situations, such as community groups or churches or through legislation.

The Powerful Difference Between Feedback and Criticism
So, how can one determine if you are giving feedback or just being critical? First, ask yourself honestly if you fall into any of the examples above or are you just nitpicking for the heck of it? Do you have an agenda regarding the person or the group in question? Do you really believe that passing on this information is necessary? If so, once again, ask yourself why? Will it improve anything down the road or was it just an honest mistake better left alone?
Feedback is a different breed than criticism in my opinion. To be considered feedback, not only do your words and your tone matter, your reasons behind it matter. Feedback is about moving forward, not finding fault. Feedback is about instilling confidence, not tearing someone down. Feedback is about respecting another person's right to choose, not about being in control. Feedback is about actions, not personalities. Feedback focuses on improvement, not what's wrong.

Feedback is about the law of giving and receiving, and it is vital in your creative life, whether you are expressing as a writer, an artist, a parent, a student, a business person, an employee, or a member of a group. It is necessary for your prosperity. If you work at a company, for example, it behooves your employer and co-workers to practice the art of feedback as opposed to criticism. You are also under that obligation. Only by participating in this positive cycle can the uplifting flow continue, which will move everyone involved forward. Criticism, on the other hand, gnaws away at an individual's confidence and the mission of the company until both are traveling on a path of erosion.

“Employees who report receiving recognition and praise within the last seven days show increased productivity, get higher scores from customers, and have better safety records. They’re just more engaged at work.” – Tom Rath


Kevin Pashuk 21/11/2016 · #5

Wise words Dannye... "Feedback focuses on improvement"

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debasish majumder 21/11/2016 · #4

Great insight @Dannye Williamsen! enjoyed read. thank you for such lovely share.

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Mohammed A. Jawad 21/11/2016 · #3

Good post. Indeed, just plain criticism mars the development process because a sarcastic remark degrades one's motivation, and constructive counseling and feedback rejuvenates a person's spirit to move ahead.

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Emily🐝 Bee 21/11/2016 · #2

Sweet Honey!

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Prakashan B.V 21/11/2016 · #1

@Dannye Williamsen: Well said. #goodread

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