Thursday, April 23, 2009

Over-sharing and the Impostor Phenomenon

Private information is crucial to maintaining a sense of self. For a 'self' has boundaries. In an age of sharing and even advertising oneself in various forums of social networking sites, self-presentation and proving oneself have often made us keep nothing private. As a result, however, we suffer, for the boundaries that define a self are made permeable.
In the process of making an excellent case for our worth to others publicly, the more we share the less extra information we have that only we know. And that can be a problem, because confidence likely comes from being able to say, "there's more where that came from." But in these times where we put everything out there on our social or professional resume, there is nothing left to back up our public assertions.
Consequently, over-sharing of information may foster the Imposter Phenomenon, whereby we believe we are not as great as others think we are, and are fearful that we cannot live up to the reputation that we have happened to come into possession of. This inflated reputation is not surprising, however, given how good we have become at selling ourselves. A lesson should be that we should not always act on our impulse to make a case for our greatness at first impression, because we may not be able to live up to it if we do not have anything new to support later. That is not to say that people are not great and don't have great things to share. But sharing too much and leaving no information private for oneself will likely induce a sense of being a fraud. After all, knowledge-especially self-knowledge- is power.
If we continue to let over-sharing cause self-worth inflation, we may fall from grace in the form of reduced confidence, etc. And all we had to do was practice not saying so much.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Getting over something and simply moving past it are importantly distinctive as it turns out.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

...But we become great because of how we carve out our existence in life, and that sometimes utilizes restraint, and moderation. You see, greatness is not always achieved by defying rules and trail-blazing, but by how we use these parameters to leverage and define ourselves...

Saturday, April 4, 2009

To temporarily appease Graham...

"Usually Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights I reserve for reading, but all the other nights of the week are free."