Cleaning house

Monday, June 01, 2009

On being a big fraud.

Ever feel like you're just really bad at life and everyone else seems to have it all so together?
And the thin layer of 'together' that you've managed to pull off is just a veneer that is peeling at the edges and catching on things?
Until one day, something big happens and the whole sheet of veneer gets yanked off-with force-and you're exposed for the big fraud that you always felt you were (deep down) anyway?
No? It's just me? Okay-carry on then. I'll just sit over here in the corner and snivel all by myself and pray for some new veneer. And/or an invisibility cloak.

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  • It's not just you. The fun part is trying to continue on with life as usual after the veneer has been ripped off and now you're a trembling weepy mess but you can't let anyone see it. It'll take a while for the veneer to grow back, but it will eventually return.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At Mon Jun 01, 09:08:00 am  

  • I don't think most other people have it together, all serene & swanlike - they're paddling like fuck underneath like the rest of us :).

    By Blogger Mephitis, At Mon Jun 01, 09:11:00 am  

  • There's a name for that psychological condition and it's called Imposter Syndrome. It's more common than you might think, especially in academic circles. The problem is that expectations are set so high for people that some feel like they can't keep up and are just trying the best they can, when in fact, there is little basis for the self-criticism since they are actually doing a decent job. I don't know what happened that peeled your veneer away. Hopefully, by now, which is two weeks later, you have got yourself back on track.

    By Blogger Sean, At Mon Jun 15, 06:51:00 pm  

  • I get that! - I wrote a post about "faking it" a while ago - check it out -

    so, no - you are not alone here :)

    By Blogger mr zig, At Tue Jun 16, 11:35:00 am  

  • It happens to all of us. At least, until we wise up and learn that we are not perfect and it's ok. Then we act like we are human and the world accepts that we don't know everything or how to get it all done!

    By Blogger bettyl, At Sun Jun 28, 02:58:00 am  

  • Pretty much everyone feels like that; we're all just bumbling through. Keep your chin up. x

    By Blogger badgerdaddy, At Wed Jul 15, 11:10:00 am  

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