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Why Criticism Is So Tough To Swallow (And How To Make It Go Down Easier)

We’re used to giving “praise sandwiches”—a criticism wedged in between two generic compliments—that give our brains indigestion.

A few years ago, I was working hard on a scrappy document that would eventually blossom into my first-ever book. It was still very early in the project, and I was hungry for guidance. So I was delighted that a colleague, who I’ll call Matt, had agreed to review my efforts and offer some constructive feedback. When he did, it went something like this:

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