Our expert says:
Its nice to be able to hit the occasional nail ! As you now show, although this persistently negative attitude on his side is unpleasant for you, it can't be much fun for him either, and as you saym, affects his work and presumably other relationships, too.
In your exercise, maybe "appreciate" is a difficult concept for him, but he apparently has no dificulty in recognizing things he DOESN'T appreciate, though that may not be how he conceives of them - what, to him, ARE his criticisms or negative statements about ? Things that could be done better ? ( then can he think of things that are done pretty well ? ) It could be useful to parse his vocabulary for such things, to clarify what his categories are, because whatever he thinks of them as, they're handy examples of the opposite of what you are seeking
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