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Self-criticism Sucks

The great part about being creative is that you can see in the beauty in everything. The horrible part, of course, is that you can see the negatives just as well. And as an artist, your first and most vocal critic will always be the one who lives in your own head. The biggest hurdle you will ever face is learning how to deal with the critique that comes from within.

 

Celebrated author Will Self writes in an article in The Guardian “You know that sickening feeling of inadequacy and over-exposure you feel when you look upon your own empurpled prose? Relax into the awareness that this ghastly sensation will never, ever leave you, no matter how successful and publicly lauded you become. It is intrinsic to the real business of writing and should be cherished.”

 

Why are Artist’s so Self-Critical?

Artists tend to hold themselves to high standards for their craft. Creative or creativity minded people often do. Legendary artist Michael Jackson obsessively studied recordings of his performances, performing a painstaking critique of each move, turn and step. While others saw a flawless performance, he saw areas that needed improvement, and he worked day and night to be the best.

[1951] East German factory wall newspaper making use of the behavioral control mechanism of "Criticism and Self-Criticism." Photograph by Roger Rössing via Wikipedia

[1951] East German factory wall newspaper making use of the behavioral control mechanism of “Criticism and Self-Criticism.” Photograph by Roger Rössing via Wikipedia

As Creatives We Need to Stop Critiquing When We Start Creating.

This blogpost is finished as a mental palate cleanser. While tasting the acid of my self-critique pouring over my earlier works as I were pouring over my earlier works.

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