Rants – Why do people ask for constructive criticism and then get offended by your comments?

I’ve always wondered why someone asks the question “what can I do to make this better?” if they aren’t willing to keep an open mind and not take comments personally.  They ask you to provide constructive criticism but are not very receptive to your comments if you are honest and truthful. Why should I have to temper my comments so I don’t offend you? You asked for my comments so that must mean you want to hear what I have to say.  Oh…I was only supposed to pat you on the back and tell you that you are doing everything right and it’s not you…it’s them. Sorry, not happening.

I know when to tell a “white lie” and that it is not necessary to be brutally honest all the time. But if you are going to open the door and ask my opinion, well I’m going to give it to you so be prepared. The truth stings, I know. People don’t seem to mind telling me how screwed up I am at times and it hurts, but I’m grown up enough to at least listen to you and see if what you are saying is the truth, is there something I can do to improve myself?

I could get up on my soapbox about the over sensitivity and extreme political correctness of our society, but I won’t.  I will simply say this….

If you can’t accept constructive criticism for what it is then don’t ASK for MY opinion because you probably won’t like to hear it!