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How to Respond to Someone Telling you about your Flaws

Do you get furious when someone tells you about your flaws? Here is How to Respond to Someone Telling you About Your Flaws


“They were great men, with huge flaws, and you know what – those flaws almost made them greater.” 

― Jack Thorne, Harry Potter, and the Cursed Child: Parts One and Two

It is an undeniable fact that we all have flaws. All of us are somewhere or the other, a little messed, a little loopy, a little incomplete and as Jack Throne said, these flaws make great people, greater. We all are made up of flaws, but the idea that the world finds having flaws as a problem is a flawed idea. People always expect us to be better than what we are, and so do we want. But when someone calls out our flaws, we might at times get furious. And that’s where we start feeling the need to understand how to respond to someone telling you about your flaws.

How to Respond to Someone Telling you About Your Flaws

1. Have ears to listen to people

When somewhen is telling you about your flaws, do you try to cover what they say with arguments for why that flaw exists? Well, then you should probably stop doing that. The first and foremost thing to do when someone is criticizing you is to have the ears to listen. Hear the person out and see how much sense that person is making. Stay calm and just listen to the person speaking, maybe they have something better for you in the account.

2. Know that feedback is important

Think of a time when there will be no one who could critically comment on the kind of person you are, what you are doing and how you can get better. The person pointing out your flaws is doing so because they care for you and you need to listen to them so as to know how can you improve. Understand the value of feedback, the value of having someone telling you where you are missing out.

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3. Understand and acknowledge instead of ignoring

When a person tells you about your flaws, you really don’t need to fight till the end of the world, covering yourself. If that person is wrong, you know what’s right, if you are at fault, you need to have an understanding and acknowledgement for your flaws. Try to make peace with whatever the person is suggesting to you instead of not acknowledging it.

4. Present your gratitude for their feedbacks

If a person is telling you about your flaws, they are taking their important time to help you work on yourself by letting you know the areas of improvements. So, if not anything, you must thank them for taking out time for you and giving you feedback for your betterment.

5. Now, put your arguments to deconstruct the areas they have pointed out

Now that you have heard and seen the flaws they are pointing out, you need to make peace with yourself and critically take a moment to think about it rationally. Make points for yourself about what flaws are you already aware of and what is new to you. Dwell in deep on knowing about the news flaws, ask questions from the person regarding the flaws they have pointed out in order to work on them and become a better person.

Well, these are the ways for how you should be reacting when someone tells you about your flaws. But remember, you should be mindful of the tone and the intent of the person who is giving you feedback. There can be times when a person will comment on your flaws just to pull you down. Try not to entertain such feedback. Always welcome feedback from people who believe in you and want you to grow and be a better person.

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Ishika Aggarwal

Can write, shoot, listen, talk and procrastinate. A feminist at heart, Ishika is an avid writer and multimedia person who loves talking about women, realism, and society. When not working she is either seen watching films or making one.
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