Working in cinema now, I interact and read about a different breed of artists...
One question that has always interested me is the psyche of the artist, and here is a field to explore the issue a little further.
The most common reaction when I tell non artists that I'm passionate about art and artists is "forget about them, they're only narcissists".
Well. I'm never an easy taker of generalisation, but there is a link between being creative and being profoundly self-centered, according to most experts and scientists.
Now, is it that simple? I'm not sure. Some of my best friends are highly creative and very empathic. I believe that creativity, imagination and a forward-thinking mind can bring you closer to general understanding and openness to others.
To be honest, I feel it depends more on how much sensitive people have been hurt... If you're feeling safe and protected, you don't use narcissism as a defense mechanism... If your wounds are to deep or unhealed, wearing a mask may be the only solution to survive the competitiveness of the art world.
Just make sure you don't end up lonely in an ivory tower.
You can read more on the issue here:
Major Artists Are Also Major Narcissists, Says Science-
And more importantly here:
Why the Art World’s Raging Narcissism Epidemic Is Killing Art
As I was saying to a colleague yesterday, I hate when reality comes and reinforces a cliché.
Prove me wrong, my friend, prove me wrong.
With love, always