One thing I noticed about people in the alternative community is that for all their 'truth' and 'spiritual' pontifications, many take professional criticism VERY personally. You take umbrage with another person's work...it is instantly deemed a 'personal attack'. Their fans go mental and assume the same and launch a real personal attack in return. It's incredibly fucked up.
People are more than welcome to rip my research and work to shreds once it is honest evaluation based on the content and not a personal attack on me. I want sincere criticism, makes me work harder and see things different. This is healthy and I know this is not a personal assault upon me. I welcome it.
Yet this movement is filled with 'delicate flowers' who can't deal with any professional criticism.
I have been very critical of some people's work in certain areas, yet I consider them essentially decent men and women. We really need to get over this shit.
You learn to turn a guitar when it is out of tune. Criticism is very important. That's a professional mindset. It really works in your favour to know when you are wrong.