No, I'm more of the if-I-want-your-opinion-I'll-give-it-to-you type. I don't want to hear about my flaws from others. I am FULLY aware of the fact that I have flaws and I work on them quite frequently. One of my flaws is this very attitude I have toward criticism.
When I first started photography school, I turned in an assignment with images that I thought were amazing. I was proud of myself. I had tried hard and I had some really awesome images for my assignment. I was sure the teacher would come back with only positive things to say. But he didn't. He let me know that I needed more light in one of the images and I needed to deepen the shadows in another to create the look that was required for the assignment. My first thought was to defend my images and say that they were perfect the way they were. But after a few days of pondering what the teacher had said and the criticism he gave, I realized that he was right. I DID need more light. I DID need to turn the subject just a little to get a better shot. I should have have positioned my subject a little more to left in that one image. He was totally right. I retook some of the images using his suggestions and a funny thing happened. My images were better! Imagine that! I wasted like 3 days of my life being upset that this teacher thought my images weren't good enough. Well, they weren't! Once I accepted that, I got better. My images got better. I remembered what the teacher said and applied it to future photo shoots and my style got better. We all want to defend our work, but we rarely take the time to try to see what others might see.
Taking criticism is HARD!!!! I'm never going to try to say that it isn't. Some people are great at it and others (like most of us) struggle with it. I just hope we can all learn to just breath and be open-minded about it.
Compliments are in the same boat. Women especially have hard time accepting compliments gracefully. I worked with a guy who would occasionally compliment my dress or just say that I looked nice that day. I would simply say "Thank you!" and move on. Well, this was very different than what he had experienced in the past. He had recently started working at the company we were at and he had tried complimenting women at the last place he worked. Rather than accepting the compliment, the women would ask him if they didn't look good other days or why didn't he compliment them the day before. Did they not look good the day before? While they may have been kidding, it made him not want to compliment them at all...ever. So he stopped.