The First Rockstar (And How to Deal With Haters)

Psychologists believe narcissists to be more creative than other people.

Narcissists are better artists.

And there probably never was and never will be a more narcissistic person than Oscar Wilde.

Yup. The first rock star was a writer.

Someone who, upon entering the United States, said that he had nothing else to declare but his own genius.

Someone who created his own version of the myth of Narcissus.

But this isn’t a critique. No, by no means. This is just a way of explaining the following: you’ve got to reach a certain point of self-absorbtion, in order to create art. Why? Because that’s the only way to shut up the inner critic. The only way to not care about what other people think or say or do in relation to your art.

Haters gonna hate, right?

All art is a selfish endeavor.


2 thoughts on “The First Rockstar (And How to Deal With Haters)

  1. Intriguing read. While I’m not sure that I agree 100% that narcissists make better artists, I have often heard that you should write the story you want to read or make art that appeals to you. After all, you don’t control how others feel or respond to your work. And I think that’s mostly true. A skilled artist knows how to persuade or pull emotions from their audience. A certain degree of self-absorption certainly is necessary. You have to be the #1 fan of your work in the beginning and have the perseverance to continue afterward, even if “everybody” hates it. Enjoyed reading and contemplating this post. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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