I'm at a new internship and I'm learning the ropes to the job. Something that I really value is feedback, or, as I jokingly said to my manager, validation. Which was a joke - what I find really useful is direct feedback on specific projects or work I've done, but that is hard to find and even harder to ask for. How does one go about doing so without making it seem like they are asking for a pat on the back?
I mean, if you're asking for critical feedback, I don't see how that could be interpreted as seeking validation haha. Moreover, if you phrase it as "I'm looking to grow, and the only way I'll grow is if I solicit feedback on things I work on" then ideally you'll be perceived as someone committed to personal growth. I think there's a world where you can come off as almost self-deprecating if you phrase it the wrong way, but I think you'll be just fine haha!