Behavioral Scale Deep Dive: Low Self-Critical

Self-Critical: Focusing on one’s faults and inferiorites at the expense of a normal life.

Are you self-assured and confident? Do you tend to move at a fast pace? If so, you may be a low scorer in self-critical. Let’s take a look at the behavioral traits of someone with a low score in self-critical and what you can do to best encourage their growth. 

Low Self-Critical

Meet Jesse. Jesse carries herself confidently and isn’t afraid to chime in at a meeting if she thinks she’s right. She works at a fast pace and likes to always have the top stats in the office. She’s always trying to exceed her own goals and gets fired up when she does. She doesn’t let obstacles get the best of her and always bounces back from them with an eye on the prize.

Jesse is a good example of someone who likely has a low self-critical score. She:

  • Is self-assured and confident
  • Usually prefers a fast pace compared to others
  • Tends to bounce back from hardships quickly
  • Believes in herself and her ability to reach and exceed goals
  • Can often be competitive and ambitious
  • Is motivated by power, control, competition, proactivity and winning.

Tips for Managing Low Scorers

Although low scorers in self-critical can be confident and resilient, sometimes their tendency to always think they are right can be perceived as arrogant.  Also, sometimes low scorers in self-critical can blame others for mistakes, often justifying their own behavior during times of conflict. Because of this, they might be difficult to work with at times.

Here are some tips for managing someone with a low self-critical score: 

  • Encourage them that personal responsibility is a key to growth and blaming others is rarely an effective long- term strategy.
  • Encourage them to carefully examine their role and responsibility in conflict. By doing so, the low scorer in self- critical becomes more effective.
  • The low scorer in Self- Critical has a tendency to deflect, minimize, ignore or criticize feedback from others. Encourage them to accept and value feedback.
  • Encourage them to listen to others with an open mind.

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