Toxic Criticism: Break the Cycle with Friends, Family, Coworkers, and Yourself

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McGraw Hill Professional, Sep 20, 2006 - Self-Help - 202 pages
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We've all felt the sting of criticism . . .

Sometimes painful barbs from friends, family, coworkers, or strangers can lodge in our minds and eat away at our core. When you allow criticism--even self-criticism--to affect you that powerfully, it can be toxic. And if you don't break the cycle, toxic criticism can make you sick, strain relationships, and prevent you from fulfilling your dreams.

But you don't have to live that way! By using the proven strategies in Toxic Criticism, you can deflect any hurtful comment that comes your way, rationally decide whether the criticism has any validity, and, if you choose, give a calculated response or use it as an opportunity to make a positive change. Once you've mastered the techniques in Toxic Criticism, you'll be able to:

  • Dismiss negative comments before they make you upset
  • Take away the power of criticism by believing in yourself
  • Live a positive life, driven by feeling of self-worth instead of self-loathing
  • Silence your inner critic, and listen to the voice of confidence

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Man, do I need this book, though the great material within is hard for me to embrace. Good rather than excellent, but valuable if you need a start. I wouldn’t say this material is all new, but the author does attempt an admirable paradigm. In a sense, a full book treatment of a couple of chapters in Dale Carnegie’s “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”. 


Understanding the Six Keys
Employing Dear Critic Letters
Silencing SelfCriticism

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About the author (2006)

Eric Maisel, Ph.D., is a licensed family therapist and creativity coach. He has published more than 25 works of nonfiction and fiction, pens a monthly column for Art Calendar Magazine, and is regular contributor to Writer's Digest and The Writer magazine.

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