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#4. What to say when someone is judgmental or critical

#4. What to say when someone is judgmental or critical

When someone makes a rude comment and then says, “I’m just being honest,” it isn't always constructive criticism or even true.

Someone who gives you genuinely constructive criticism is actually rooting for you. If you respect this person & know them to be genuine, you will likely be open to their feedback.

If not, then you can say -

“What you call ‘honesty’, I call you ‘giving me your unsolicited opinion and criticism’. Please don’t.”


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#2. What to say to deflect nosy questions

#2. What to say to deflect nosy questions

We don’t owe anyone our personal information, especially not to satisfy their curiosity. If the person persists, repeat your stock answer.

  • How much money you make: “Trust me, not even close to what I’m worth.”
  • About your love life: “I’d rather ...


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#3. What to say when getting unsolicited advice

#3. What to say when getting unsolicited advice

When sharing some problem or news with friends or family who are quick to give their opinion, set them up for success by starting with a qualifier like:

  •  “I love that you are always game to help me out. What I’d appreciate right now is for you to liste...


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#1. When someone asks something you’re just not sure about

#1. When someone asks something you’re just not sure about

It can be helpful to buy some time to analyze the situation and figure out what we want exactly. 

  • "I need some time to think. Can we pick this up in half an hour?" Or, "Can we talk about this later today, after I’ve had more time to think about it?”


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- Terri Cole

"Veiled criticism can be worded in a way that sounds helpful or caring, but if your body wisdom starts to pipe up, you know that their judgment is crossing a line."



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#5. What to say when a line has been crossed

#5. What to say when a line has been crossed

Often, if you can open up a conversation, the rest will flow. 

Basic conversation starters to get the ball rolling for a difficult :

● “I thought you should know . . .”

●“I need to share my experience of what went down, because I’d like you to understand how I f...


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When someone is judgmental or critical of you

When a friend, family member or colleague makes a rude comment and then says," I'm just honest," you may feel inclined to accept their words. Don't. If you know them to be genuine, you will know when to be open to their feedback.

Comments about how you wore the wrong dress...

9 Tips To Give Constructive Criticism

9 Tips To Give Constructive Criticism

  1. Use the "feedback sandwich" method when advising. Give a positive comment, then the feedback that could potentially be construed as criticism, and finish by reiterating the positive. That way the criticism is "sandwiched" between two positives, making it seem less harsh.
  2. Fo...

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