Criticism is hurtful, but it may benefit you – here's how to deal with it

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Ouch!

It can really hurt when someone finds fault with you or your performance. Whether it's a friend letting you know your new hair colour doesn't suit you or your supervisor sending your project back for reworking, it's important to remember that criticism is not necessarily an attack on you.

"Constructive criticism can be a pathway to growth and improvement," says Sydney psychologist Elizabeth Neal.

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