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Sunday, February 05, 2006

I'm Not Who You Think I Am

I was reading a novel the other day, and on page 66 came across the following passage:
...what Vera lacked, it seemed, was the guts. Sometimes, had it not been a physical impossibility, she would have given herself a sharp swift kick in the pants. When she'd discussed this impulse with Simone, Simone, sagely refraining from delivering it herself, had referred Vera to a scholarly work on the "Imposter Syndrome." Which, Vera had said after a cursory glance, couldn't possibly apply to her, because she was an imposter.
(Jenefer Shute, User I.D. New York: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005.)
And I knew, even before I raced to the 'net to look it up, that I would be a textbook case. Imposter Syndrome is described as:

...a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist even in
face of information that indicates that the opposite is true. It is
experienced internally as chronic self-doubt, and feelings of
intellectual fraudulence.

Read entire article here.

I took an online quiz, and scored something like 93 out of a possible 100 points. Do I feel like an imposter? Hell, yeah. Finally, a name to put with the feelings. If I can name it I can tame it, right?

4 Comments:

Blogger Christine said...

Do I EVER know how that feels!!

I've only read a few posts, but I'm enjoying your blog...bookmarked to come back again :)

Wed Feb 08, 12:22:00 PM EST  
Blogger Hannah B. said...

Hey, thanks! How did you find me?

Wed Feb 08, 03:37:00 PM EST  
Blogger Christine said...

Just random clicking, fate I guess :)

Wed Feb 08, 04:12:00 PM EST  
Blogger Hannah B. said...

Well, thanks for reading!

Thu Feb 09, 01:58:00 PM EST  

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