DAILY PROMPT: THE GREAT PRETENDER
Are you full of confidence or have you ever suffered from Imposter Syndrome? Tell us all about it.
Having read the definition of imposter syndrome, my immediate response is yep, that’s me.
But is anything that simple?
Because then, you see, I have to stop and ask myself if I’m having myself on. Is it that I’m unable to internalise my accomplishments, or that I haven’t had any to internalise? Yes, I’m reasonably intelligent, and pretty competent when I set my mind to it, but as for ‘proof of success’…
Take this blog, for example. I enjoy writing it, love reading other people’s posts, am overwhelmingly grateful to those who read and/or comment on mine. But there’s no denying the fact that in blogging terms, it’s a bit of a dud. Never once has it prompted the sort of response that flows into other people’s as a matter of course. So tell me, dear fellow bloggers: am I too boring? Too trite? Too brash? Do I come across as aggressive and arrogant? Intolerant and intimidating? Or am I just plain dull? Seriously, I want to know. Because sometimes – just sometimes – I look around and I think, ‘stop kidding yourself. You don’t belong here anymore than you’ve ever belonged anywhere else.’