Worrying Ahead

Worrying Ahead

Here is an excerpt from chapter three of my book:  The Impostor Affect:  A Closer Look at a Classic Case:

I had many fears in those days (during my teen years): some understandable, some not. I ‘worried ahead’ . . . much like those who ‘pay it forward.’ I created scenarios in my head and then wasted my emotional energy fretting about them. My fear of the unknown future was at times more powerful than my stress of the known reality of the day. The seeds of the impostor were planted in my childhood; they were watered during my too-brief adolescence; and they came into full bloom and then spread throughout my adult life.

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On Identity

On Identity

The idea of identity caught my attention and has held it now for several decades. A couple of years ago, I remember saying to a good friend of mine that I was “at the gate.” At that moment, I was just telling her where I was physically—waiting to board a plane. But as we talked, I heard myself saying to her, “This girl is on a journey to find out who she really is.”

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