Thanks so much for taking the time to respond! You’re right, the best solution to the user’s problem should ALWAYS be the focus of the design. I think that over time the knee jerk reaction to go on the defensive instead of accepting critiques as learning opportunities begins to adjust. Particularly early in design careers its a hard balance to strike. Even for seasoned veterans, occasionally it creeps up during particularly intense projects you’ve invested a lot of time and love into. Injecting emotion, empathy and passion into your work keeps it from becoming hollow, but you must also continue to accept critiques with grace and learn from them. A solid balance of being passionate and being humble is extremely important if your aim is to have a successful career long term.