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Karappo Chawan Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 12-01-2009 08:43 AM
Daniel Wilson
My empty teacup, the blog of my more or less newbie perspective through the world of Aikido. Rough translations included!
-Select entries from my personal Aikido blog: Karappo Chawan
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Status: Public
Entries: 2
Comments: 4
Views: 11,451

In General Self-Criticism Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #1 New 12-01-2009 08:53 AM
I'd like to begin by saying that... I passed my test. I've now reached Shodan. *flexes muscles* Anywho, go me. XD Let me pause to do a jig... <( '.' )> (>'.' )> (>'.'<) <( '.'<) <( '.' )> Now, back to business as usual. Self-criticism... how is yours? I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to evaluating my own performance. After nearly every belt test, I look at my own performance and go "wow..that kinda sucked." Then I pass and go "hmm..I wonder if I would have passed me?"

I suppose I tend to be overly critical of myself, and I have to wonder if this is a good thing or not. On the one hand it makes me inspect myself tediously, never content to allow my technique to have even small flaws - always wanting to iron out those creases. And yet, on the other hand it makes me doubt myself. My performance never seems "quite good enough" to me, when apparently it is to others.

But then, there are some who think that their form is oh so much better than it actually is (which drives me nuts.) On the reserve, confidence in ones self is a wonderful thing; but unwarranted confidence can lead one to ignore flaws in their own performance. I wonder which is worse, or perhaps one has to find a middle path between them both?

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#2 12-03-2009 08:31 AM
I agree, self-criticism can be an instrument for good and for bad, and should always be tempered with care and support.
#1 12-01-2009 08:16 PM
I belive all are self cirtical of there selvels, however, as long as you are not beting your self up too much it is helthy. It keeps you striving to be better. You also have a right to give your self pat on the backs, becasue those are need as much or more then the crisium. I belives humans have tenndses to be trined to critize themeseves and others, but for get ot balance it with love and suppport.

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