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Destructive vs. constructive criticism: Learn to tell the difference and offer more positive feedback

Criticism comes in two forms: destructive and constructive. Both types of feedback point out our mistakes, flaws, or potential improvements.  But while constructive criticism uplifts, offers suggestions, and even provides possible solutions, destructive criticism is cutting, derogatory, and sometimes even mocks our failures.  Like it or not, we’re bound to…

How to combat Zoom fatigue symptoms: Learn to improve your body language and nonverbal communication skills  

If you’re starting to feel weary of virtual meetings while working from home or keeping in touch with friends and family post-COVID, it’s possible that you’re experiencing Zoom fatigue.  Though Zoom fatigue may make us anxious while interacting with others, our anxiety may come across as standoffish or disinterested, which…

How to survive a viral punishment: Cancel culture stories of social sanctions and online shaming

Community values are reflected in our norms about social sanctions and third party punishments (TPPs).  Our online interactions with celebrities reveal shifts in a society’s moral codes.  “Cancel culture” can indicate a time-honored practice of regulating social behavior or pure trolling. Gossip, concept creep, and identity can also feed into…

Assertive vs. aggressive: What’s the difference?

Assertiveness and aggression are different approaches to handling confrontation, each with distinguishing factors and often different outcomes. First, assertive behavior is typically a positive form of expression, while aggression is a negative form of expression. Additionally, assertive behavior is rooted in respect, while aggression is not. Aggression also often makes…

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