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Interesting article, Sandra. I agree that many people have a tendency to downplay their work, to lower the expectation of the reader / viewer, as a sort of safety mechanism. And, as Squidge said, there are those who take this to the extreme and are really fishing for compliments.
You make a good point, Sandra re the story challenges being a good way forward; they’ve certainly helped me.
Perhaps writers and artists should embrace that old adage: never apologise, never explain.