Let's think things through
The creative process isn’t always smooth. Sometimes, you get stuck in one of the stages of idea development and implementation. When this happens, it’s important to identify
- the poor habits during engagement in creative work (are you trying to create when you need to be somewhere 30 minutes later? are you creating in the presence of a critical/judgmental person? are you beginning creative work with your phone notifications going off every few minutes?)
- the psychological factors that get in your way (are you filled with fear and self-doubt? did you just receive upsetting news that you need time to process?)
During counseling, try opening up with you therapist about the kinds of thoughts that interfere with your creative process. The goal would be to set up an environment (both physical and psychological) which would allow you to move through these blocks smoothy and comfortably.
When clients share their apprehension about presenting their creative work, I often urge them to contemplate the following question: what does your audience represent to you? At first, this may seem like an unusual way to think about an audience. The idea that an audience represents something--and is not just the group of people watching or listening to your work, can be a little foreign. However, upon further exploration, I find that clients start to get it: throughout the years, they have turned audiences into some kind of projection; imagined and self-imposed pressure, that draws from past experiences, inner criticism or unrealistic expectations.
Audiences may represent:
What does your audience represent to you? Please share your thoughts below!
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