Constructive, Idiotic criticism: know which one you give

Ideally, some people believe that criticism is just in only two types, while some others believe that there are four types of criticism.

What matters most is the ideal criticism that you should be making – regarding the people that surround you. Thus, the idea of constructive and idiotic criticism: this is not to downplay anyone, but to let you know that you can do better ‘on handling people’s feelings’ when you criticise them, for development.

According to ChangingMinds.Org, there are just two criticisms: Factual criticism & Evaluative criticism – giving the definitions as:

Factual criticism

Criticism can be factual, pointing out right and wrong facts.

Your tie is not straight.

No, it is Tuesday, not Monday.

Evaluative criticism

Criticism can also be evaluative, pointing out good and bad. This is trickier, as it assumes the critic’svalues are similar or superior to those of the criticised person.

Don’t look at me like that!

That was a boring performance.

A particular form of evaluative criticism is in judging some type of entertainment, including writing, drama and other performance. Performance and art critics have, over the centuries, elevated criticism itself to an art form.[1]

As you may be well acquainted with the word ‘constructive criticism’, which has to do with criticising someone’s actions for the purpose of development of the person crticised; ‘idiotic criticism’ is an unpopular term (and now we are adding our voice to its reality) that seeks to (under the guise of correcting his/her mistakes) pull the other person  far below rising up.

Trickiness of criticism

Criticism whether constructive or idiotic could come from friends, enemies, family relations, boss or subordinates. You just need to know it when somebody criticises you – what type of criticism is the person making of you.

No good friend will ever criticise you ‘idiotically’ because s/he knows the implication of it on your emotion, and friendship. The Bible said, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity”. Pro 17:17.

However, some of your friends can give you this kind of criticism. When it happens, you must not allow yourself to be degraded. Rather, dust yourself and move forward: treat it like ‘some of those things you should encounter on the journey of life’ and you will quickly move beyond your crticised level or knowledge.

How to Give the right criticism

Except that you are just a friend to someone – you will not want to spoil your good friendship with a person (through idiotic criticism) – taking pride that you are better than the person, all the time (in your hearts).

Hence, we advise you to look into some of the solutions proffered below:

Do everything to guard your heart against jealousy.

Learn to be happy for/with people when they are rejoicing.

Learn not to make jokes of sensitive issues about the lives of your friends.

Determine not to pull anyone down, in your life. Rather, to uplift people.

Always pray for the fruits of the Holy Spirit, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. Gal 5:22-23.


[1] ChangingMinds.Org, TWO TYPES OF CRITICISM.

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