Negative Feedback (?)


I was talking to a friend recently who mentioned the term negative feedback (not the one related to Electric Engineering) while sharing details of his recent appraisal. That was not the first time I heard the term but it got me thinking how an innocuous feedback could be negative because by definition, feedback is supposed to be used as a basis of improvement. How something, which helps you improve as a person or as a professional, could possibly be negative?

But then it’s all about individual perception. How one interprets a feedback makes it positive or negative. To make the matter worse, it’s not necessary that all feedback are honest. However that’s a separate topic and my theory about nonexistence of negative feedback is based on assumption that all feedback are genuine.

Feedback is a friend. It has the potential to turn us into a better human being if we embrace it with open arms. So my dear friends, whenever you see someone cribbing about so called “negative” feedback, make them realize that what they are cursing is actually a blessing in disguise.