When is there value in criticism?

When it helps us see areas we have ourselves, overlooked.

Why is it that most people criticize?

To make themselves feel superior.

Who is it that is truly superior?

The one who gives compliments freely, and helps those who have cloudy vision to see what they may have overlooked.

Is there value in compliments?

When they give permission.

Does giving a compliment also carry a risk?

When the compliment attempts to set in stone something that is dynamic.

Or when the compliment binds oneself to a persona not entirely within their control.

Why compliment or criticize? Why not just listen? Why not repeat back what you hear and what you see, without attempting to criticize or compliment?

That would be wise.

xx David