- How fragile is your mood when you are affected by Impostor Syndrome
- The slightest thing can send you spiraling down
- It’s like a predator watching your every move, waiting to pounce
I’m finally giving myself a break these days, not expecting everything to be perfect.The problem is that my programming is so deep-seated that even though my rational self laughs at error now, my deepest feelings still recoil in horror. This makes my everyday mood extremely fragile – it seems like the slightest thing can set me down into a self-defeating mood that can last for days. Fortunately for me, I have found a network of support on Twitter, of all places. My virtual friends in the #WritingCommunity help me regain my spirits, and also keep me more grounded on a daily basis. I owe an unpayable debt to these people.
I am finding that my spirals have to do with a lack of perspective – exploding a small event into a critique of my entire existence. My rational mind is fighting these episodes by thinking about the temporal nature of the triggering event and not letting it expand beyond what it is. It’s a difficult struggle, but I’m finding that it gets a little easier every time. I have decades of this mental programming to fight against, but I’m encouraged by my progress. I hope that my experience can help others who suffer from this ridiculous affliction.
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