Others, however, respond to criticism in ways that makes them look really, really bad.
The ramifications of these silly mistakes can be extensive and far-reaching.
I’ve pulled some parallel reactions from fictional characters to illustrate my point.
1. “Last I checked, Theoden, not Aragorn, was King of Rohan.” ~ King Theoden. Some people respond to criticism (constructive though it may be) in a fashion akin to this king. In non-Tolkienesque language, one might say, “This is my house, yo.” This really doesn’t have a positive effect on spectators of the conversation. Chest pumping is something you often see on nature shows about chimpanzees. Surely we can do better?
2. “Or did you think I wouldn’t know what a Eugoogaly was?” ~ Zoolander. Zoolander is trying to say the word “eulogy” but of course he doesn’t really know what the word means. Sometimes, in response to criticism, people will attempt to make a come-back only to reveal further they really don’t know what they’re talking about. This can convince people who previously thought well of you that maybe they chose the wrong team.