Most situational feedback we receive has three elements –
1. Our behavior in the situation
2. Past perception of our behavior that might have resurfaced in this situation
3. The intent and insecurities of the person giving the feedback
Situational feedback is the most helpful variant of feedback as the giver focuses on a concrete situation.
But, such feedback – as helpful as it usually is – still has more to it than just your behavior in that situation. Past perceptions and the intent and insecurities of the giver all play roles to varying degrees.
And, understanding this helps us become better receivers and givers of situational feedback.