I’m with Sherry. Irrational, yes, and so can be criticism that comes from that place.
Artists of all kinds take enough body blows from invisibility and people who don’t grasp what they do without deliberately making themselves into St. Sebastians. Yep, call me definitely opposed to anything but this as a thought experiment.
And asking friends for criticism is dangerous, unless they are mistresses and masters of tact. Although I do think you could take those comments, Dave. Think. Not utterly positive. Testing how strong we are can be a devilish thing… Testing our friends can also be dangerous.