What kind of feedback do people want?

In a study, people were told that their efforts would be compared with how well hundreds of others had done on the same task. They then received praise, criticism, or no feedback on their performance. 

Rank self-confidence with a score of 1, 2, or 3 after receiving praise, criticism, or no feedback

The highest ranking came as you’d expect – after praise. But the second highest ranking came from receiving criticism. The lowest ranking came from getting no feedback.

If you’ve been waiting to give criticism that is needed, wait no longer. You’re hurting more by withholding feedback than giving that negative feedback.


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