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Part I: How to Handle Receiving Critical... > Gender, Self-Image and Critical Feed...

Chapter 3. Gender, Self-Image and Critical Feedback

Research indicates that our ability to handle critical feedback is often related to our level of self-confidence. Men and women between the ages of 18 and 34 are more highly sensitive to criticism, because they are still in the process of developing a sense of identity.

The expression “women take things personally” also tends to be generally true. Deborah Tannen, Ph.D., in her book You Just Don’t Understand, explains how men and women approach communication differently. The researched differences between men and women have a profound impact on how the genders deal with critical feedback.


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