· When faced with criticism, often our first reaction is to go on the defense. Criticism can have a positive or negative impact. As an individual, we get to choose how we receive the criticism. We can deal with incorrect observations professionally. I consider positive criticism as those observations that someone shares about us that we know to be accurate but do not want to face. We may complain of being criticized when, in reality, that is not the case. In either situation, how we deal with the criticism will show our maturity and catalyst for our success.