Crit­i­cal Cor­rec­tions

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Crit­i­cism makes or breaks all kinds of re­la­tion­ships. Crit­i­cism is the sin­gle most sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor in a child’s per­cep­tion of his re­la­tion­ship with his par­ent. As for adults, Jill Hoo­ley, a psy­chol­o­gist at Har­vard, and John Teas­dale, a psy­chol­o­gist now at Cam­bridge, found in one in­flu­en­tial study that the sin­gle best pre­dic­tor of re­lapse for mar­ried adults with de­pres­sion is their re­sponse to the ques­tion “How crit­i­cal is your spouse of you?” Pa­tients who re­lapsed rated their spouses as sig­nif­i­cantly more crit­i­cal than did pa­tients who re­mained well. In any re­la­tion­ship, it’s cru­cial to crit­i­cize with­out de­mean­ing or hu­mil­i­at­ing.

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