Three Mirrors

Three Mirrors

I’ve been thinking about mirrors lately, but I’m not really sure why. Perhaps it’s because I am working on my manuscript about identity, and as I have gathered sources, the mirror has surfaced several times. I even researched the history of “mirrors,” in my nearly compulsive need to get the whole picture.

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Blurred Lines

Blurred Lines

I first became aware of “blurred lines” while learning to paint with watercolors. Then I ran across that phrase again a few weeks ago while reading an article sent to me by a fellow word-lover. The art world today refers to those blurred lines as “soft edges,” although in the article, they used the word “sfumato”—a “technique for blurring the lines of a painting” made famous by Leonardo da Vinci.

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Imposter Pitfall Number One

Imposter Pitfall Number One

I am seeing that I need to guard against comparing myself to . . . well . . . anyone. Because when I do, I end up feeling inferior, and that is not what my mind and emotions need to be concerned with at all. I know on some level that I am unique. I am an individual. I am specifically created by God for a purpose and with my own identity. That should be enough for me. But I have identity issues.

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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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A Personal Word

A Personal Word

In my book The Impostor Affect: A Closer Look by a Classic Case, I tell about my first encounter with the information on the impostor phenomenon. I was dumbfounded. It seemed to me that the authors of the article I was given knew my life story and had exposed me. Then I purchased the seminal work on the subject by Dr. Pauline Rose Clance and took her test that would clarify my position with the impostor. That left me speechless. I was an off-the-scale impostor—a classic case.

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