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Unread 01-09-2017, 05:33 AM   #1
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Currently I'm studying at an art school, which is great since art is my passion. But i have two main problem, I'm not confident of my art and I'm sort of a perfectionist.

Every time I think of something I always seem to deny it and think of it as ugly, and I'm afraid of people with higher skill and ability to criticize my art. It's easy for me to feel discouraged by my own expectations and thinking.

In a group I'm usually open for suggestions, but it's rather hard for me to be the one suggesting something, I'm never confident about my own ability and art, and I'm afraid of other people judging the things I feel good about. Usually I'd just keep silent and be a good listener. At the end I never really think of anything about me being 'good', it's either 'so-so' or 'damn ugly'.

This kind of thinking also effects my leadership ability, lots of people think I have qualities in my self, but it fails to show because of this negative thinking I've been fighting for years.

Do you have suggestions or maybe tips for me to solve this problem? It would be a huge help for my studies and career in the future.
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Unread 01-09-2017, 11:05 AM   #2
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I'm sorry you feel this way It looks like you may have self-esteem problems. Maybe counseling would help?
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Try being more confident in your art and your ideas. I know your a perfectionist, but after spending time in my art appreciation class, art does not have to be perfect. It has to be what ever you want it to be and it should represent you in some type of way. Also be more assertive. Speak up when in a group and let your ideas be known. Good luck and take care!
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It isn't easy to get to the place where you can say "I like that, it speaks to me" without thinking in a judgmental way---being a perfectionist will help you in your work but it will also be a struggle as you work to express what you feel and "see" & use various mediums etc---I think it is pretty normal in the setting you are in (school is both supportive and competitive) to feel as you do----(((((hugs)))))) ...you can use your work to express these feelings also....if you want to....or, just hang in there & talk to others, I'll bet lots of artists feel this way at some point...
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