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Nobody’s perfect, and that means we’re all subject to criticism from time to time. But instead of retreating from those negative remarks — whether genuinely constructive or seriously nit-picky — take some time to reflect and learn from these comments. Managing stress, keeping calm, and always (we repeat, always) thinking before reacting can do wonders in avoiding purely emotional responses. Plus, giving the situation some thought can help give us new perspectives on our own behavior.

The Takeaway: Take a breath and wait a second to examine criticism and avoid blowing up over the smallest slight.

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