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Complaining vs Criticism

 , updated on August 17, 2016
Complaining is the act of expressing dissatisfaction or annoyance. It is often motivated by a need to vent negative emotions.
Criticism is an analysis or judgement. It is often possible to frame criticism in a positive light by offering new strategies, designs or ideas that point a way forward.

Complaining vs Criticism

Complaining is often considered a mistake as people commonly find it annoying or at least uninspiring. The problem is that complaining often comes off as defeatist, negative, boring and self-absorbed.
The line between complaining and criticism is thin. Criticism is associated with judgements that are well thought-out and constructive in that they may offer a way forward. Not all criticism is positive. Where criticism is negative, care is taken not to sound emotional, self-focused, vengeful or biased. Criticism is an earnest attempt to improve something where complaining is verbalization of negative emotions and dissatisfaction.
Complaining vs Criticism
Complaining Criticism
DefinitionComplaining Criticism
Associated WithEmotional Venting
Adversarial argument
Well thought-out analysis
Positive suggestions
Friendly argument

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