The impostor syndrome

18. September 2019 Writing 2
The impostor syndrome

You  may or may not already know what is this, anyway I need to talk a little about the impostor syndrome.

 

What is it?

It is a kind of “disease” that affects (I would say) 90% of people who are engaged, professionally or not, in a creative activity.

This syndrome is characterized by the presence of a mini-self cocoon inside one’s head that is dedicated to remind you, insistently, how mediocre you are or the bad things that can happen to you if you follow the path you are going.

That diabolical mini-self feeds on our fears and insecurities to boycott us and, I would say, is behind most of the creative blocks.

You are writing crap.

You should measure your words because they will censor you.

How dare you call yourself a writer if you have nothing published?

 

The cure

Luckily, the truth is that there is no small person inside our head and that voice is ours. Once we realize that we are suffering from the syndrome, it is easy to cope.

  • How to detect it

If you have the habit of talking to someone about your creative tasks it is quite easy. You just have to pay attention to the negative words that come out of your mouth: “blockage”, “not good enough”, “censorship”…

  • How to solve it

If this is the first time you have discovered yourself suffering from the syndrome, it may be a bit more complicated, but if you believe in your passion and your ability to carry it out, it shouldn’t cause you much trouble.

My options range from doing just the opposite of what the voice is telling me to deliver the texts to another person to give me their opinion.

 

Advice

In the creative world (I move personally in the literary, but I imagine it will apply to any of the others) there are, unfortunately, many envies and unhealthy competitiveness. This can lead to destructive criticism or words like “that’s out-dated”.

All I can say is ignore all this. You write, paint, play music, etc. because you are passionate and that is what you should care about most.


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  • 1
    Cris on Tuesday September 24th, 2019 Reply

    Me encantan como escribes!!
    Nunca me ha pasado esto porque no escribo, pero creo que este post puede ser muy útil para gente que sí

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      moonlight lady on Tuesday September 24th, 2019 Reply

      Oh! muchas gracias 🙂
      Eso es lo que quiero, ayudar a gente que pueda verse en esa situación

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