Quote Originally Posted by whiporee View Post
I came up through newspapers. You can't be merciful as a newspaper editor.
Ok, but the OP was talking about a critique partner and creative writing. For it's worth, I've been through a few (trade publishing) editors and they have been routinely insightful, respectful and ready to talk through ideas. They also have no power to make you change your words.

Quote Originally Posted by whiporee View Post
And my agent is a great agent. She just didn't like my second book. Doesn't make her a bad person or a bad agent; it just means she found the book lacking in a lot of ways. She's a professional and she gave me her honest feedback. I didn't like it and I didn't agree, but it wasn't malicious. It was her job to tell me that. Maybe the OPs CP thought it was their job to do the same.
I know nothing about your agent. But a good agent will give their input respectfully.