The Messy Studio with Rebecca Crowell

Episode 197: How Praise Can Paralyze

November 20th, 2021  •  35 mins 17 secs  •  Download (48.5 MB)  •  Link with Timestamp

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When we think of the kinds of reactions to our work from other people that cause a block in creative flow, most people think first of negativity, indifference, or misunderstanding. All of these can undermine our self-confidence and cause us to feel incompetent, uninteresting, or simply off track. They can lead to anxiety and avoidance behavior towards our work. But what about the opposite—positive remarks of praise and admiration? These can create a blockage of a different kind that may be harder to recognize and acknowledge. Today we talk about the rather odd fact that praise can stall us as much as criticism.