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Can you go two weeks without being critical about anyone or anything?

  1. profile image0
    lenepveuposted 7 years ago

    Take a look at my hub for information about how to do it.

    Not being critical for two weeks is extremely difficult.  I have failed twice already.

    Do you think you could do it?

    Would not the world be a wonderful place without criticism?

    1. fit2day profile image75
      fit2dayposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Criticism is something that's needed from time to time, the problem lies more so in how it's given.

      For example if I were teaching a writing class and pointed out the common mistakes of the class and how to improve them, that would be better than pointing out one student and saying he or she always misspells words.

      Without criticism, everyone would aim for mediocrity instead of doing their best, it's just a matter of criticism needing to be given the right way and at the right time.

    2. profile image47
      balloons50posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I was drawn to this question because as I grew up my mother and father did lots of criticizing.  Not just of me and my brothers, but of everyone we knew.  That being said, I do understand what fit2day is saying.  Constructive criticism can be helpful.  However, criticizing others because you feel inferior to others or because you feel you are better than others or for whatever reason than to be helpful, than the world would be a better place for the one doing the criticizing especially.  I don't think I can do it but I would like to try it someday when I am not feeling low.

    3. Misha profile image76
      Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It would be extremely hard, I even would think it is unachievable for the vast majority, except for a chosen few. Yet even an attempt to go there must bring some very enjoyable changes to your life smile

    4. simeonvisser profile image82
      simeonvisserposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      This is subtle hub spam and that is not appriopriate behaviour on these forums. If you do this more often you'll run the risk of getting flagged.

      1. Misha profile image76
        Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Am I missing something here?

        1. simeonvisser profile image82
          simeonvisserposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          "Take a look at my hub for information about how to do it." and starting a forum thread about being critical, which is exactly the topic of the hubs of this user. The titles of the hubs don't suggest that however.

          But it's like saying: Look at my hub where I buy my favorite cookies. Where do you buy your favorite cookies? In other words, I want to draw attention to my hubs.

          1. Misha profile image76
            Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Ah, yep, you are right. smile Though this would be a criticism on your side wink

            1. simeonvisser profile image82
              simeonvisserposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Aye, so critical haha lol

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        lenepveuposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Simeonvisser, that was a very negative and damaging reply.

        I am studying a book called "Depression, the Way Out", because I have depression myself.

        There is a chapter called "Beware the Critical Spirit", that teaches and helps one to be able to be positive and not focus on the negative.

        I am new to the hub, so I said take a look at my site instead of writing the whole thing in this forum. 

        I don't understand, led alone care, about the amount of hits I get, I care about how many people I affect by spreading the word.

        I will be promoting this two week plan because it helped me and others around me.

        So if you see it promoted again, don't get yourself too upset.

        1. Cagsil profile image60
          Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          It is a violation of HubPages forum rules to open threads with regards to hubs you have published.

          He isn't talking about anything else but that. Got it? hmm

          1. profile image0
            lenepveuposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            Yep I got it.

            Apologies all round.

          2. profile image0
            lenepveuposted 7 years agoin reply to this

            I will close my account.

            1. Misha profile image76
              Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

              Umm, you certainly are free to do it - but why? Just follow the rules of the place, and you'll be fine. smile

  2. Jaggedfrost profile image78
    Jaggedfrostposted 7 years ago

    yes I can though I don't like the way you asked the question.

    1. Sue Adams profile image96
      Sue Adamsposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      big_smile  big_smile   big_smile  Jaggedfrost very funny.
      I can't go an hour without criticising. For example, looking at the dust on my desk is already a criticism that makes me clean it.  Without criticism? How else would I be able to make ANY choices?

  3. profile image0
    klarawieckposted 7 years ago

    That's a good question. Everyone thinks I'm good at keeping my opinions to myself. It's hard to keep your inner voice in. I do not like criticism since most of the time is done behind the subject's back and it does not offer any solutions. If someone asks me what I think about something, I voice my opinion. If they don't ask, I keep it to myself.

  4. Sue Adams profile image96
    Sue Adamsposted 7 years ago

    I must be missing the same thing. Hello Misha, long time no see... how are you?

    1. Misha profile image76
      Mishaposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Hi there Juliette, how are you doing? smile

  5. EmpressFelicity profile image73
    EmpressFelicityposted 7 years ago

    I think the clue is in the sentence "Take a look at my hub for information about how to do it." lol

    In answer to the question: no, I can't go two DAYS without being critical of anything or anyone, never mind two weeks.  And frankly, I don't see why I should.  To me, telling someone "Don't be critical" is effectively saying "Suspend your rational faculties and don't ever judge, because there are no such things as standards and every idea has equal validity, no matter how stupid and ill thought-out it is." 

    Blech.

    1. profile image0
      andycoolposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      It would be really difficult for me... so far as constructive criticism is concerned. For all other types of criticism I can take the challenge. But then one could criticise that as destructive criticism.

      When a critique criticises a criticism what happens?

  6. bsscorpio8 profile image59
    bsscorpio8posted 7 years ago

    Why would one want to set oneself up for that kind of restraint, "for two weeks I won't be critical..." We are educated in our schools to employ critical analysis, thus we criticize and analyze.

    Here is an even more challenging question, can you go two weeks without getting offended, you know, taking things personal, even if it is criticism?

  7. Rafini profile image86
    Rafiniposted 7 years ago

    Uh, I'd hafta say No!  lol  Try as I might, I can't even go two hours without criticizing - Even when I'm by myself!!

  8. Jaggedfrost profile image78
    Jaggedfrostposted 7 years ago

    I hope you didn't have to sweat great drops of blood for those two hours.  Sheesh what a miserable thing to ask anyone to be uncritical.  How is the world to be understood and survived if not analyzed and digested in quick gulps then lived at leisure that never comes?

    1. Rafini profile image86
      Rafiniposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      big_smile It'd be nice to turn off the critic once in a while, but I have to admit -  it makes me who I am.  So I don't mind too much.  I've learned not to pay attention to myself sometimes.  lol

  9. evvy_09 profile image74
    evvy_09posted 7 years ago

    What about positive sarcasm?

  10. Jaggedfrost profile image78
    Jaggedfrostposted 7 years ago

    it is the nature of a true writer not to wilt under criticism but to understand the jewels offered in noxious ways and enhance oneself thereby.

  11. profile image0
    Sophia Angeliqueposted 7 years ago

    No, there's too much that needs criticizing and I would be remiss in my duty as a public minded citizen and a humanist not to point out errors that are going to have very negative consequences... that includes fuzzy logic. smile

 
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