This is more of a “soft” science blog post, but interesting nontheless: On today’s Soundcheck, they’re exploring The Uncertain Artist on WNYC.
Even the most celebrated artists fall victim to self-doubt and insecurity. Today: how anxieties shaped the dazzling careers of Duke Ellington, Doris Day and others. Plus: jazz drummer Dan Weiss draws inspiration from Indian ragas, heavy metal and classical music.
While this episode is more geared towards the “even you can do it!” message, but I do think this is an interesting topic of social studies and psychology; what motivates us as humans to perform, and what are the benefits of second-guessing and self doubt, if any? This episode argues the benefits.