We've all heard of the legendary 'sensitivity' of creative people. Luckily, I don't suffer from that affliction. While I'm not a caveman about it, I have no problem with telling the truth in a straightforward manner when I see it, and I have no problem hearing the truth from others, especially when it comes to my playing and my songs. I have no interests other than becoming a better musician and raising quality of whatever situation I'm in. I welcome criticism - even when it hurts, because that's what helps me improve as an artist. If I just needed to feel good about myself, I'd go get a hug from mommy. That said; my personal experience has shown me a lot of 'sensitive' creative people out there are actually the least talented people, while the people with the 'thickest skin' are usually the most talented. The former are very insecure about their own abilities, and the later are able to put their feelings aside occasionally so that they can become better musicians. It's like the over-sensitive types are too immature to let valuable information in. The end result is that they don't improve and make YOUR band sound worse. The thicker-skinned types are open to learning and trying new things, and make your band sound BETTER. I don't know, it's just my experience. Maybe bass players have more of a reason to develop a thicker skin about things. Might be related to having to take a more global look at things from the perspective of being bass players.