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More on Men and Women

The Simmons Market Research Bureau, in coordination with Bright Enterprises, conducted a study of attitudes towards criticism of 11,000 adults throughout the United States. The study confirms the results of the puzzle study. Although 71% of the men surveyed indicated that they were “hard” or “extremely hard” on themselves, 85% of the women claimed high levels of self-criticism.

Regardless of gender, we need to begin looking at how we set our performance standards and make sure we are being realistic. Both men and women need to listen to praise as well as to critical feedback, to use an objective measure of how they are meeting standards, and, if indicated, to uncover what they’re doing wrong. To internalize or externalize critical feedback automatically is to deprive ourselves of the objectivity we need to evaluate the feedback and its source realistically. When we accurately attribute our performance to our abilities, we build a base of self-knowledge that will help us set and meet our future expectations.


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