Keep your Harsh, give me Honest

Just a quick little morning rant:
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I have a pet peeve. When people at any sort of writer’s group proudly declare how “harsh” their critiques are and then the other writers all quickly nod and agree how much they love getting that “harsh” treatment. And if someone dares to say they don’t like “harsh,” they are told they won’t improve if all they get is pats on the head and a murmured, “Oh, good job.”

harsh
härSH/
adjective
1. unpleasantly rough or jarring to the senses.
2. cruel or severe.

Where did this idea come from that being honest requires being harsh?

No, I do NOT want your harsh critique. I want your honest critique.  You can keep the harsh to yourself.

honest
[on-ist]
adjective
1. honorable in principles, intentions, and actions; upright and fair:
2. showing uprightness and fairness:
3. gained or obtained fairly:
4. sincere; frank:
5. genuine or unadulterated:
6. respectable; having a good reputation:
7. truthful or creditable:

 

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