Disapproval Matrix: A handy chart for understanding your haters.
The Disapproval Matrix: A Handy Chart For Understanding Your Haters
Brow Beat
Slate's Culture Blog
April 30 2013 4:06 PM

“The Disapproval Matrix,” a Handy Chart For Understanding Your Haters

Understanding how to deal with criticism can be hard, but it’s a little less hard with this handy chart by hater expert Ann Friedman, posted yesterday to her blog and highlighted below with her permission. It’s remarkably simple, but full of wisdom: Note how, in my favorite touch, you are shown to be your own worst frenemy. (Click on the image to enlarge.)


As Friedman suggests, any negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants should be taken to heart. Any naysaying that falls into the bottom quadrants should be brushed off.

For Friedman’s full post, with a more complete breakdown of each quadrant, head to her blog.

Forrest Wickman is a Slate senior editor. He writes and edits for Slate’s culture blog, Brow Beat.