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Surviving Lockdown: Tabish Khan and the Inner Critic

Part three explores the feelings of self-lambasting that many people experience when given the time and space to turn the critical eye upon their lives.

© Nicola Anthony, Great Soul, 2014

[dropcap style=”font-size:100px;color:#992211;”]T[/dropcap]his week has been a little bit tough with lockdowns extended around the world and emergence plans feeling quite endless and uncertain.

It is clear that changes to many of our life plans and career paths during Covid-19, mean that folks from all industries and backgrounds have started to hear the voice of the ‘inner critic’ louder than ever. 

What helps you to quieten the voices which try to bring you down? 

This episode of Surviving Lockdown explores the feelings of guilt and self-lambasting that many people experience when they are given the time and space to turn the critical eye upon their lives. I know that creatives deal with this daily while trying to stay self-motivated, and right now I am willing to bet the whole world is experiencing this in their solitary moments.

As a professional artist, over the last 15 years I have got to recognise that voice which can seem louder than ever in a career where you have to be self guided and find the motivation to go it alone. Here I share with you some tips from art critic Tabish Khan, learnings from the art world (an industry which often has to find creative workarounds for change and fluctuation), and words from psychologist Rick Hanson quoted from his TED talk interview. 

Tabish Khan is an art critic specialising in London’s art scene, covering contemporary and historical exhibitions. He visits and writes about hundreds of exhibitions a year covering everything from the major blockbusters to the emerging art scene.

Image © Nicola Anthony, Great Soul, 2014

Nicola talks with art judge Daryl Goh in the fourth instalment of our Surviving Lockdown series here


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