Part of being a writer is striving to improve your writing. However, asking for criticism is not the same as being able to listen to criticism.
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project and the new book Happier at Home, had some useful things about taking criticism on her blog, My Experiments in the Practice of Everyday Life.
Her advice in this case particularly applies to me:
"Delay my reaction. Count to ten, take a deep breath, sleep on it, wait until the next day to send that email…any kind of delay is good."
If I forward the email to my husband, walk away from it, think about it, give it some time to sink it, I can get furiously angry and then get over it before I have to calmly thank my critic for their help.
The whole list of tips is here: http://happiness-project.com/happiness_project/2012/08/7-tips-for-handling-criticism/
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