Here’s author Malcolm Gladwell on the concept of criticism, and how entering a critical dialog with someone doesn’t have to equate to taking a shot at them or their work literally. Good stuff, and while it’s a solid theory most people understand, it’s much harder to put into practice. It requires a good deal of mindfulness and an understanding of our own intent.
This is excerpted from this excellent Brain Pickings post, in which Gladwell talks not only about criticism, but also tolerance and the idea of changing your mind. You really shouldn’t miss it.