“At some point, we must make an active choice to relinquish the joys an privileges accorded to the emotional invalid. A productive artist is quite often a happy person. This can be very threatening as a self-concept to those who are used to getting their needs met by being unhappy.
‘I’d love to, but you see… I have these crippling fears…’ can get us a lot of attention. We get more sympathy as crippled artists than as functional ones. Those of us addicted to sympathy in the place of creativity can become increasingly threatened as we become increasingly functional… We’re more comfortable being a victim of artist’s block than risking having to consistently be productive and healthy.”
Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way