Self-Criticism is the process of reducing self-evaluation, examining our internal thoughts and beliefs to determine if they are consistent with our current goals. This analysis helps us to improve our self-image. It also helps to uncover our own personal inadequacies so that we can make necessary changes in order to move towards our ideal self. There are two basic components of self Criticism including assessing our self worth.
Self-worth is related to the quality of our lives rather than our material possessions. People with poor self-worth typically have deep-rooted negative thoughts about themselves and are usually treated as fact rather than a personal opinion. People with poor self-worth have frequent self-criticism, disregard positive attributes, are often ignored by others, may experience negative emotions, may not engage in positive leisure or recreational time, may not have good interpersonal relationships, and may have difficulty achieving meaningful success. Thus self-Criticism is a necessary mechanism for improving the quality of life.
Many misunderstandings about the nature of self Criticism stem from the common confusion between being critical and self-critical. The early Chinese philosopher, Confucius (better known as Mao Tse-Tung) said “The greatest enemy of man is his inner enemy.” According to the early classical maoist thinker, Lin Yutian, “He who wants to be free must be conscious of his weaknesses and be prepared to correct them.” As defined by the late twentieth century writer, Margaret Anderson, self-criticism is “the process of eliminating or minimizing the effects of an internal commentary on one’s performance…” Thus, self-criticism is important in any system of improving oneself and it is especially significant in the case of developing a communist mindset.
Existence Of Frequent Self
Frequent self Criticism is a necessary component of any system of improving yourself. However, frequent self-criticism can be detrimental to the development of a communist mindset. It can serve to confirm one’s worst ideas or to justify ones which are otherwise wrong. In the case of Maoism, frequent self-criticism undermined any potential left wing appeal to the masses by highlighting the shortcomings of the old guard – most significantly, the absence of an alternative to state capitalism.
Consequently, the existence of self-criticism – whether it is positive or negative – is vital to the process of learning to be a better person. Without self-criticism, we cannot grow as individuals and as a working class. Any self-evaluation – be it positive or negative – is an exercise in self-improvement. Self Criticism should form a part of any education, whether it is college education, university education or work training.
Mass Following Of Supporters
The stalinists also had a mass following of supporters. A person who disagreed with Stalin was automatically castigated as a Mensch. Such critics were not only politically incorrect but were also thought to be egotistical and unduly harsh. Despite this, there were many who found the Stalinist line of attack to be too unjustifiable, particularly in light of the fact that thousands of people had been executed after the revolution. Frequent self criticism of those who disagreed with the communist line was a way of preventing a further degeneration of the working class towards communism.
On the other hand, frequent self-criticism within a socialist orientation can serve to remind us of the theoretical works that have been developed within the socialist movement in order to prove that the revolution is building mass-based organizations that can replace the present elite of the landlords and capitalists with the new progressive working class. It is in this context that the concept of “theory” becomes relevant. The theory of dialectical materialism says that reality is nothing other than abstractions disassembled into simple components in the form of values. In the context of the Korean War, for instance, we find that the real issues which the existence of the state of war led to arose from the fact that it was the accumulation of cultural revolution based on a group of abstractions such as the value system of the landlord and the value systems of the Korean people.
When we read books like that of Noam Elkhan or Max Weber, we find that they both had very high amounts of self-discipline and commitment. However, they were able to achieve this by developing a high level of personal responsibility and an ability to set goals and reach them. Because we are still faced with situations where we need to utilize our ability to build on personal responsibility, we should always use the tools available to develop and increase our self-dignity and self-esteem. The most effective tool for this is self help with frequent self-criticism.