No matter who you are or what your job entails, you would have faced criticism at some point in your life. Criticism is defined as judging faults and merits; however, people often forget the positive and focus only on the negative and what they think is "wrong". This makes it difficult for them to accept what is said or even use it as learning or for their benefit. This article talks about handling criticism more effectively....
The article clearly mentions exactly what happens to a person cognitively and affectively when they face criticism. I personally have encountered many situations where I have been criticized constructively and non-constructively. Sometimes constructive criticism also feels like an attack but taking out time to think and process what has actually been said by the other person helps in reacting more rationally.