Stop Letting Your Inner Critic Destroy Your Creativity

A lesson from Arthur Conan Doyle on why you need to value your work

Sherlock Holmes’s Greatest Enemy Wasn’t Moriarty

“I was glad to withdraw Holmes before the public were too weary of him,” Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to a journalist in 1927, several years before Doyle’s death.

The Curious Incident of the Dunning-Kruger Effect

If you’ve ever been in an art class, you’ve probably encountered one or both of these students.

“The central argument of the Dunning-Kruger effect — named after David Dunning and Justin Kruger of Cornell University — is that incompetent people don’t know enough to know what they don’t know. Consequently, they’re more likely to overestimate their own competence. If you’ve ever taken a test and felt confident, only to find that you bombed it, you’ve experienced the Dunning-Kruger effect.

…A corollary of the theory is that highly competent people are more likely to underestimate their competence and performance.”

In other words, mediocre artists tend to be more confident and overrate their abilities.

Are You Undervaluing Your Writing?

I am glad that Doyle decided to bring back Sherlock Holmes.

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