No, artists do not like themselves because people love them or because they are loved. That is a lie created by the press because the reader’s fantasy world requires it–like saying it is wonderful and rosy to be a princess. People are way too jealous of artists to come remotely close to loving them. However, they do respect them for their discipline, skill, and achievements–and they really do enjoy the show. Artists like themselves because they are good at stuff. That is the only reason. AND they keep getting better at stuff, which is very cool.
Thought this might help,
Lilly Lekhan, Poet and Founder of The Sweetest Art List