Having a thick skin and the ability to shrug off harsh and sometimes personal criticism is an often unrecognized trait of a scientist. You put your work out there to the world and get feedback from often anonymous peers(but this is changing slowly) . The system works usually pretty well and 99% of the time makes the paper better. When the comments are highly critical, you go through a mini five stages of grief but you always come around and the paper gets better. I’ve definitely had my fair share of critical feedback, but one of my recent favorites was a reviewer suggesting that my literature review “hadn’t gone beyond the literature”….(?) However, none have come close to the comments that this author received:
there are so many good lines but this one is the best: “This paper has merit and no errors, but I do not like it …”
Pleasing that it still got published in the journal anyway!