Today my blog entry “Submitting to Correction” is on the Punishment Book. It’s a bit of an introspective ramble on how I take criticism and correction differently in different circumstances, specifically lettering class as opposed to my writing.
Excerpt: The degree to which I’ve taken the criticism on board and am pleased and excited by it surprises me. This is not the way I generally react to correction (especially in relation to my academic work). My usual reaction is either defensiveness and / or anxiety, with both being most common. The hardest thing anyone can do is try and help me by critiquing my academic writing as I will defend my text to the death as though each word was somehow a child. Even being aware of this reaction only helps a bit. With my advisor I feel utterly chastened when she points out the holes in my arguments and I have to struggle to hide the hurt. With Paul, who is brave enough to do it, I feel misunderstood, angry and defensive. This is why writing workshops, with their group criticism sessions, have always been a special sort of agony.
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