One cannot create authentically without true vulnerability. If an artist does not adopt strong boundaries regarding their own vulnerability, the results can be emotionally devastating. Paraphrasing Dr. Brene Brown - 'If we share our vulnerability with the wrong person, they can easily become one more piece of flying debris in an already dangerous storm.' There are people in this world who will take your pain, melt it down and make bullets with it to then shoot at you.
I'm spending some time reading, refreshing skill sets and reflecting on how authenticity and vulnerability affect creativity. There are some real gems of wisdom to be discovered on this topic and I'll be sharing them with you here, as well as profiles of some of my personal heroes in creative fields, while the studio re-tooling is going on.
Ursula K. Le Guin, in her Fantasy novel, "A Wizard of Earthsea" taught me a very valuable lesson which was - "knowing the correct name for something gives you power over it." Often, when faced with manipulative personality types the first thing we become aware of is a vague feeling of "confusion" - I've heard someone say about this phenomenon, "It was as if I'd lost the ability to think clearly when I was in their presence." I suspect this feeling is generated by the unconscious observation that a person's behavior is not matching their words. (Which produces cognitive dissonance.)
I am grateful that the gift of age has allowed me to acquire skills for successfully navigating these sometimes difficult interpersonal encounters, learn from them and move forward with my creativity.
Until next time ...