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This philosophical theory can help you stop taking criticism personally

By Samantha Fazekas, Teaching Fellow in Political Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin
Receiving criticism in the workplace, whether on written reports and projects, presentations or performance reviews, can make us doubt ourselves. It can feel impossible not to take criticism personally because many of us tend to get our self-worth from our careers.

As an academic, I deal with criticism all the time, from feedback on my research to evaluations of my teaching. Sometimes, I feel like the criticism is directed at me personally, and not at the content of what I have written or the quality of my lectures.

In these moments, I try to disentangle my sense of self-worth…The Conversation

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