Why Are People Quick to Be Critical? Unlock the Answer.

Why are people quick to be critical? Unlock the answer. Abuse comes in many forms, some obvious, still others not so much. One of the more subtle yet widely spread forms of abuse is criticism.

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Five years ago, when my Westie was a pup, I struggled to run the hand-held vacuum over our hardwood floors without him going nuts as he attempted to attack it. Back then, I habitually read a profuse amount of articles to assist me in better training our furry baby.

One day, I stumbled across an article about how to handle your dog around vacuum cleaners. Happy anticipation filled me as I read on. Instead of providing helpful answers, however, the author merely squashed my joy. She crassly stated, “If you vacuumed more often, you wouldn’t have a problem.”  Those coarse printed words registered within my brain, repressing me with a thick dose of criticism.

I used to let such comments cripple me, but not so much anymore. It took many years of healing work to overcome this tendency to allow disapproving comments to cut me. I now recognize that far too often, overtly critical people speak more of themselves than of others. People who are quick to criticize live with the cursed self-talk of an ever-critical mind. Imagine the horror they must exist in. Doing so will make it easier to let their judgmental comments wash over you with no effect.

Not everyone would agree with my statement of calling criticism an abuse. However, its definition includes using insulting and offensive language against another. The difference between abusive and constructive criticism lies within a person’s intent. Is the user attempting to provide guidance, even if in a clumsy manner? Or are they merely throwing out judgmental fault-finding?

Breaking Chains of Abuse

For most of my life, I didn’t need someone outside me to shout critical phrases directed at me to cower at its effects. My mother did a good enough job of drilling that harmful trait into me. I battled hearing its demeaning voice with practically everything I did.

I still suffer somewhat from this villain, but I’ve gained the strength and tools to fight it off when attacked. Such tools come with boldly breaking generational chains of abuse and entering into recovery. For those of you who are in the beginning steps of such a journey, I encourage you to continue moving forward. Far better days await you as a reward for your devoted work.

Always remember, you deserve to be treated well by others and yourself. Pay attention to your internal thoughts. What are you telling yourself? Do your private whispers build you up, or do they crumble you?

I grew up in an extraordinarily critical home. My parents labeled everything as godly or evil. I extend much gratitude to my Savior for creating me with an extra compassionate heart. I did all I could to shield people from my parents’ self-righteous judgments. However, I still learned their trait well, turning it inward as I became ruthless toward myself. My biggest battle to free myself from the demon of criticism rested within quelling those ruthless internal thought patterns.

For multiple years into my adulthood, I felt I had escaped their modeled criticism of others, but as I matured, I discovered how wrong I had been. As I grew older and wisdom entered within, it surprised me to see moments in my life where I, too, had been unjustly judgmental of another.

My Lesson from Karen

After my nineteenth birthday, a family living halfway across the continent from my parents graciously opened their home to me as I attended college. I stayed with them rent-free while working two jobs to save money for an apartment. Karen and Mike embraced me as family. Karen, especially, took me under her wing, delighting in teaching me multiple handy life skills.

My extremely fault-finding parents lived very frugal. One day, I helped Karen unpack a load of groceries. I pulled out a box of cookies as Karen found space in the cabinets for a bag of chips when nineteen years of training from my parents clicked in. “I’ll easily make it on my tight budget by sticking to basic food items. Extra like these,” I held up the cookies, “are unnecessary.” I flashed Karen a self-satisfied smile, proud of my “words of wisdom.” Karen responded by saying nothing as she continued to put groceries away.

As I watched Karen, my self-righteous comment cemented onto my brain, and an unsettled sensation attached to the lining of my gut. For many years, that unnerving moment stuck with me, even though, I didn’t understand why. As we take the path of healing, we not only heal from the damaging words and actions of others, but we also heal from those actions we have carried into our own lives.

In time, my wiser, introspective self could see the insult I had delivered to Karen. I also began to understand how I spat out that cutting phrase as a clumsy way of trying to prove my self-worth. With that thought in mind, is it possible the underlying reason people criticize is not to find fault in others? But instead, does such critical behavior stem from a burning desire to gain approval for themselves?

Constructive Criticism

To be a successful writer, one must be willing to accept constructive criticism. I place my heart and soul into each book and blog I write. This commitment makes me considerably vulnerable each time I hand over a completed manuscript to my editor, asking for his prudent opinion. To sharpen my writing skills, I must distinguish between constructive criticism and ruthless judgment. 

Next time someone criticizes you, don’t automatically let it soak in. Take time to discern their comments. Does value exist within those sharp phrases? If it does, then let your guard down and reap those rewards. If not, then recognize how that person is probably speaking more about themself than you. Don’t allow their words to soak in and harm you. Instead, have compassion for them, for they have just inadvertently revealed a tender area of vulnerability.

Note To My Readers

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