When you are criticized, it is important to remember that criticism does not have to define you. Criticism can be difficult to hear and it is normal to feel hurt or angry when someone criticizes you – but it is important to take a step back and try to understand the source of your critic’s comment. Try asking yourself if the criticism has any validity and if there is something useful for you in their words. It may help to think of criticism as feedback that can help you grow and learn from mistakes. Consider how this feedback might further develop your skills and abilities as opposed to simply seeing it as an attack on your character or worth.
If the criticisms you receive come with a focus on personal attacks rather than constructive feedback, it is important to remember that this is a reflection of the critic, not you. It can be helpful to keep your emotions in check and respond with an assertive but polite comment such as “I understand why you feel that way” or “I appreciate your input”.
It’s also ok to take some time away from the situation if needed. Taking a break can help give you some perspective and allow for more clear thinking before responding to the criticism. You may even find yourself coming up with ways to address the issue or finding ways it can benefit your work.