Criticism is simply the expression of disapproval of someone or something on the basis of perceived faults or mistakes, which often involves analysis and judgments.
There are different types of criticism at various levels but let’s discuss Destructive and Constructive criticism.
Destructive criticism which is now common among many; is a type of criticism which aims to destroy the target of criticism, the aim is to show that the point of view of someone else has no validity at all, or lacks any merit. In political and military contexts, destructive criticisms may be essential to save resources or to save lives among one’s own group. However, this can be counter-productive when it is from parents, friends, and other authority figures because of its psychological harm which might result in lower levels of self-esteem, social acceptance, scholastic competence, behavioral conduct, global self-worth, and generally poorer self-perception. This is a significant issue hence it’s validity and acceptance are arguable.
On the other hand, Constructive criticism aims to show that the intent or purpose of something is better served by an alternative approach. The purpose is often respected and it is mainly to bring better ways of achieving the same goal. They are often suggestions for improvement and making the achievement of a goal feasible. It is not aimed at disgracing or disrespecting the mental capabilities of the critique, it’s rather aimed at getting better solutions.
Do you criticize because you want an idea to become better or just so as your voice to be heard and for hypocritical purposes. Many people are facing big traumas and your negative comments or destructive criticism is enough to destroy their self-esteem and make them give up, it might also lead to depression or suicide sometimes, especially when coupled with cyberbullying, this doesn’t make you a better person anywise. Analyze a situation and give better solutions for the betterment of everyone, not for ego or to be judgemental.
I remember my sister losing a good job offer because the company checked her social media handles and it’s full of personality bullying, condemning politicians and celebrities, and always giving a demeaning remark about the nation. This was deemed as unpatriotic and lack of positivity which the company kicked against, well she never got the job. If she’ll criticize now, she makes it constructive and analytical, her major aim is to make things better and not to demoralize anyone.
Let’s start criticizing constructively, and bring the best out of people, stay positive.