Being criticized is not easy because it goes against the stories we tell ourselves.
When criticized or someone gives us new information about ourselves, our first reaction is to deny it and defend ourselves.
Being told that you not as good as you think is devastating and hard to take, because hey, you knowing yourself best anyways right?
But it shouldn’t be, criticism is not an attack. Criticism helps us grow, helps us see how the world receives whatever we put it out there.
Opening yourself up to criticism is more about personal grow than an attack.