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Part II: Setting the Stage > Avoiding the Temptation

Chapter 18. Avoiding the Temptation

Receiving advice can be a positive experience but being on the receiving end of criticism can often do more harm than good. Most effective counselors avoid criticism of any kind for the following reasons:

  • Those with little self-esteem find it difficult to receive criticism (it pushes them closer to negative feelings) even though they admit that the criticism was earned and meant to be constructive.

  • Criticism generates excuses and often results in the blaming of others.

  • Criticism tends to center on one isolated behavior instead of a series of related incidents.

  • Criticism decreases the confidence individuals have in themselves.

  • Criticism often leads to escape from a problem instead of a possible solution.

  • Criticism damages the relationship between counselor and counselee.

  • Criticism can cause defensiveness and denial.


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