Criticism and Rejection

Criticism and rejection, as painful as they may be, can lead to learning new ways of being in relationship with others and ourselves. Criticism can actually provide us with crucial feedback and opportunities for introspection, self-evaluation, and reassessment. Discerning what criticism is worth listening to—and what to let pass us by—is a skill that is essential to self-growth and success. And learning how to give criticism to others in a constructive way is one of the most useful skills we can develop to become a productive collaborator and community member. Our fear of criticism and rejection can keep us from making meaningful social connections and expanding our capabilities; leaning into self-compassion and self-worth can keep us grounded and growing.


Brené Brown: Why Your Critics Aren’t the Ones Who Count

Author and vulnerability researcher Brené Brown shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. “Not caring what people think,” she says, “is its own kind of hustle.”

Rejection Proof: How I Beat Fear and Became Invincible Through 100 Days of Rejection

Jia Jiang came to the United States with the dream of being the next Bill Gates. But despite early success in the corporate world, his first attempt to pursue his entrepreneurial dream ended in rejection. Jia was crushed, and spiraled into a period of deep self doubt.


Rejection can be experienced on a large scale or in small ways in everyday life. While rejection is typically a part of life, some types of rejection may be more difficult to cope with than others.

When we take rejection as proof of our inadequacies, it’s hard to allow ourselves to risk being truly seen again. . . . The problem arises when shame kicks in and we aren’t able to view our flaws, limitations, and vulnerabilities in a patient, self-loving way.


Karen Fat Shames Woman, Instantly Regrets It

Fat shaming/ body shaming is never cool.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Every day we experience the uncertainty, risks, and emotional exposure that define what it means to be vulnerable or to dare greatly.

Navigating Judgment

What can we do to identify and get rid of judgment in ourselves and in our lives?

I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.


The Rejection Myth: How to Overcome Fear of Rejection

In this episode of The Charged Life, high performance coach and #1 New York Times bestselling self-help author Brendon Burchard shares how to overcome fear of rejection.

Banish Your Inner Critic: Silence the Voice of Self-Doubt to Unleash Your Creativity and Do Your Best Work

Are you ready to boost your personal productivity—minus the fear and loathing? Are you ready to Banish Your Inner Critic and unleash the creative ideas and personal productivity within you? Help is on the way! Blocked creative ideas.


The information offered here is not a substitute for professional advice. Please proceed with care and caution.


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