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Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs and the myth of the starving artist….

So during the end of the recent Idiom Podcast we discussed the myth of the starving artist and how practical it is for someone to create things under the poorest of conditions….while discussing this with other writers and friends the notion of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs came up…


He says that a person can’t move from one level of the pyramid to the next till their basic needs are met and fulfilled, and at the top is where all creative inspiration and notions take place…Now of course this doesn’t happen all of the time and it is a broad generalization…but the idea of a starving artist rising from nothing and becoming successful is a similar rare occurrence from someone deviating from Maslow’s ideas….usually the starving artist stories are very exaggerated….

I know that may have not been the main point of Josh’s essay….and I also know that we just argued a point made in a book that we just published…but it’s the end of the world and time for a new way of looking at things, maybe demythifying this belief can be the right direction towards a better artistic tomorrow….

Here’s the podcast