Why is it that it's so much easier to critique others than yourself?

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  1. AngstRiddenDreams

    AngstRiddenDreams Filthy Casual

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    Recently i've noticed on my time here that most of the time, it's easier to critique/criticize someone elses work than your own. For instance, i'll upload a tone demo, or a new mix and ask what you guys think (Just like everyone else) but if someone else uploads theirs and i listen, I immediately know what needs to be changed, IMO at least. :lol: I've started to wonder why this is? When it's mine own, i have no idea what to change, it's just unknown; but when it's another persons, i know exactly what i do or don't like about it. This seems to happen with a lot of people, and it really just intrigues me. Of course, there are a few people here who post things they know are great, and they are the exception. But for the majority of us, i've noticed this. It just really stumps me :wallbash:
     
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  2. pink freud

    pink freud SS.org Regular

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    It's because you are too accustomed to your own work.

    If you ever are in a job that involves quality checking/inspection you'll find that the only way to ever go about checking your own work is to leave it alone for a while and then come back to it. That's when things jump out at you.
     
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  3. Furtive Glance

    Furtive Glance "Snaaaake!!!"

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    ^Yeah, it's akin to proof-reading your own cover letters/resum├ęs. You're accustomed to it so you won't read/hear/see things like people seeing/listening to/reading it the first time.
     
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  4. ArkaneDemon

    ArkaneDemon SS.org Regular

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    It's because I'm perfect and everybody else sucks.

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  5. MFB

    MFB ExBendable

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    I feel bad when I critique other people, so I critique NO ONE

    PARTICIPATION TROPHIES ALL AROUND YAY!
     
  6. trianglebutt

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    I seem to have the opposite issue: I'm extreme harsh on myself and always find problems with my own music, even when others say it sounds great.
     
  7. AngstRiddenDreams

    AngstRiddenDreams Filthy Casual

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    Yeah it just makes me feel like an ass when I critique others because it's so hard to critique my own. But it seems that whenever i work on a patch or mix without your guy's help it just gets worse and worse. :lol:
     
  8. Murmel

    Murmel Fapping to J-rock

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    This.

    It takes something really special in order for me to be happy with my playing or a song I wrote.

    I have more trouble criticizing others.
     
  9. SenorDingDong

    SenorDingDong Smeller of Smells

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    This.

    As a writer, I have to let stories cool for a while before editing them. Then I get to see the mistakes.

    The past couple pieces I've had published are things I wrote months before, and before I sent them out to publishers, I had to edit them one last time. Seeing them after that long was like seeing them for the first time, and all of the structural flaws and bits that didn't flow really stood out at me.

    Music has always been the same; riffs sound great at first, but leave them alone for a time and you may see a note or two that needs some rearranging or adjustment.
     
  10. maliciousteve

    maliciousteve Lord Green Fingers

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    I'm very hard on myself when writing my own stuff and it's never perfect. It can never be that way other wise you just wouldn't progress as a writer.

    So when I hear some one like Nikki Minaj, Rihanna or Katy Perry I get incredibly frustrated and am very harsh on them because I know they didn't write their own music and they just rely on their looks to get them anywhere. And they also can't sing. Some how good looks became more important than talent.

    So overall, I'm hard on my self and others equally.
     
  11. maliciousteve

    maliciousteve Lord Green Fingers

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    So Murmel seeing as you've given me a neg rep, which I'm not bothered by, I'll ask you this.

    "If they were absolutely shit at everything except looking good they wouldn't be as famous as they are. And Katy Perry does co-write her own music"

    Can you then please explain some one like Kim Kardashian? She doesn't seem to have any real talent (the single she released was beyond terrible), she's just famous for looking good and done a sex tape a little while back. Which led to her getting an awful TV show further proving she's a pretty idiot with nothing much to offer.

    It just proves my point you can be a complete airhead and you can earn millions off of that as long as you look good. Don't even get me started on models either.
     
  12. Murmel

    Murmel Fapping to J-rock

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    ^
    If everyone who watched and listened to her stuff thinks she's terrible then there wouldn't be as many doing it. Sure, there are people that watch/listen just for the lulz, but obviously there is something that people like so it can't be only suck.
    I don't watch TV-shows because a person is attractive if the show sucks, most people don't.

    I mean, just because you think something is awful doesn't mean everyone will. Tons of people think Katy Perry, Gaga and Bieber are absolutely garbage, I don't. So it all just comes down to taste, really.
    Almost everyone I know think Top Model, Oprah and Dr. Phil is shit, I don't.

    I guess I'm just weird :lol:
     

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