“Being happy to have one’s shortcomings pointed out” (聞過則喜, pronounced wén guò zé xǐ) is a Chinese idiom that originated from Meng Zi (孟子), also known as Mencius, the most well-known successor of Confucian doctrine.
The idiom refers to being glad to hear criticism and being open to accepting new ideas.
Meng Zi once praised Zi Lu, a student of Confucius, stating: “When someone directly points out a mistake that Zi Lu has made, Zi Lu is happy.”
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