From Latin praise, a praise is the praise of merits and positive qualities of a person , an object or a concept . The praise is a statement that can be done both privately and publicly. For example: "I am surprised to receive such praise from someone like you", "The press did not save praise to qualify the performance of the Chilean tennis player", “They always say that I am a temperamental man, which I consider a compliment”.
The praise has a positive effect on mental health of the individual who receives it, since it produces in him a positive influence on our personality and character. Some psychologists argue that giving and receiving compliments is healthy and beneficial, as it helps improve self-esteem.
If a person begins to work and, at the end of his first week of work, receives a compliment from his boss, he is likely to feel motivated to continue working with momentum and good predisposition.
The opposite of praise is the review . If the subject of the previous example receives a negative comment, a destructive criticism, on their first day of job Most likely, he will demotivate and feel a strong pressure that will end up hurting his performance.
In some cases, praise and criticism generate little or no influence on the individual. People who suffer from autism or schizophrenia For example, they are not very permeable to verbal stimuli.
The use of praise and criticism reflects the subjectivity of the person who pronounces them. What may be complimentary to one may go unnoticed or appear negative to another. Moreover, not everyone appreciates positive comments about their work, however difficult it may be to believe for others; who grow up in an environment that highlights each of their achievements, each virtue, that celebrates their successes without exception, they usually generate a kind of rejection of praise and instead seek the challenges.
This does not mean that constantly praising someone is necessarily negative; as in other cases, the Balance It is usually the ideal basis for the use of these types of statements. If an individual close to us usually acts admirably, it is worth pointing out and celebrating; however, it is likely that behind each success there are weak points, small failures, and kindly evidence so that you can solve them in the future can be very productive for him.
At the opposite end of people whose relationship with their elders is based on praise during their upbringing, there are those who see nothing but reproach and censorship from their first years of life, and this cannot be positive either. Usually, a childhood with these characteristics generates a deep insecurity and one need for approval very intense, which reaches adulthood.
Lack of praise can be as counterproductive as excess; Everything depends on the way in which this imbalance is addressed. However, it should be noted that the same situation can cause in two people absolutely different reactions, so there is no single formula to solve the newly exposed problems.
Praise of madness It is the title of one of the most important essays of Western literature, and one of the engines of Protestant reform. It is a work written by Erasmus of Rotterdam (a well-known Dutch philosopher and philologist) that was edited in 1511. In a nutshell, it presents in a sarcastic tone certain benefits of the madness (which is personified and exposes its virtues in front of an audience) over reason, such as the fact that foolish people feel more happiness than the sensible and responsible.