To dream of receiving criticism represents people or situations in your life that invoke feelings of not being good enough. It may also reflect a judgmental person in your life or a sign that you are being too hard on yourself. Caring too much what other people think. Frustration at thinking you aren’t good enough in some way. Criticism in a dream can also reflect waking life situations where someone has yelled at you.
Positively, a dream may reflect self-discipline or a wish for self-improvement.
Negatively, giving criticism in a dream may be a sign that you are being too judgmental or expecting too much from others. Being too focused on flaws you or others have. Getting criticism may also be a sign that you are not believing in yourself enough.
Example: A woman dreamed of being and then trying hard to wait patiently after it happened. In waking life her boss had yelled at her for a mistake on an important letter and then she choose to wait for her boss to talk to her again instead of quitting. Her boss apologized the next day.
Example 2: A woman dreamed of seeing a woman a little girl very harshly and then going up to the woman to tell her to stop. In waking life the dreamer was realizing that she had been far to critical of herself.