Friday, February 26, 2010


I have always struggled with the idea of success, seeing myself as the failure my family always told me I was. I know I work hard, but I don't see myself as a success. I have failed at so much in my lifetime. I could do so much better....

Whilst in conversation with my very good (and well-read) friend Cyberkitten, he mentioned that I had 'Imposter Complex'.
Yay, I thought - a complex to add to my neuroses, paranoia and I Googled it (well, who wouldn't?)....
· Do you secretly worry that others will find out that you're not as bright and capable as they think you are?
· Do you sometimes shy away from challenges because of nagging self-doubt?
· Do you tend to chalk your accomplishments up to being a "fluke," “no big deal” or the fact that people just "like" you?
· Do you hate making a mistake, being less than fully prepared or not doing things perfectly?
· Do you tend to feel crushed by even constructive criticism, seeing it as evidence of your "ineptness?"
· When you do succeed, do you think, "Phew, I fooled 'em this time but I may not be so lucky next time."
· Do you believe that other people (students, colleagues, competitors) are smarter and more capable than you are?
· Do you live in fear of being found out, discovered, unmasked?


CyberKitten said...

Told you...... [grin]

Ladybug Crossing said...

That just means you are perfectly normal - just like the rest of us!
(AKA: The substitute teacher who is exactly one half page ahead of the kids in the text book)

Jean-Luc Picard said...

I ticked yes to all of them, I think!

Walker said...

Sounds normal to me.