In scientific research, skepticism and rigorous thinking are prerequisites when dealing with collecting and interpreting data as part of research. One needs to keep questioning results and then keep reformulating hypotheses. This is the iterative process that leads to a better understanding of nature.

In daily life however, people are conditioned to not offend others. Many times, one needs to package the truth in ways that are palatable to society. Different individuals respond to such social conditioning in different ways.

There are many individuals who occasionally go against accepted beliefs and tell the truth as it is. Such individuals can often bring about very good changes to society.

Of course, not everyone who criticized should not be under the impression that they have done society a favor. It is the spirit of criticism and the overall results that matter.

On an individual level, one may find that constructive criticism coming from sources of good character is very beneficial.


When working as a team, one of the most important aspects of the process seems to be the sense of accountability each member should bring to the rest of the team. This involves critiquing each other’s ideas, but making sure to avoid personal critiques.

Often, brainstorming ideas is not a good idea as most people’s voices get lost when one or two people have loud voices or start stating their ideas before anyone else.

So, the technique of brainwriting is gaining popularity nowadays. This is where each member goes off on their own and comes up with their contribution to the team effort by writing it down on a piece of paper, for instance. Then, the team gets together, looks at the ideas and critiques them, this leading to a productive and useful session.