If you weren’t living under a rock or have been staying in the jungle with your animal brothers and sisters, you’ve heard that term. A lot of people experience it at least once in their life, but some live with it as a part of their everyday lives. Sometimes it’s a little annoyance, and other times it affects someone so much they are constantly questioning themselves and everything they do/say/think.
If you live with the later, it really gets in the way.
Make a post on Facebook (or other SM)? … should I have said that? What if I was wrong? How am I going to reply to something someone else says? Did I insult anyone? Did I jump to any conclusion too fast?
Talking right in front of someone? Oh… will I know how to respond? What do they think of what I just said? Am I going to scare them away? What do they think of me in general?
Buy some clothes? Did they really fit me ok? What will others think of them? What if I can’t fit into them anymore?
Clearly, it’s life with questions about EVERYTHING. They don’t feel comfortable with anything they do/say/write/think… and it effects life a lot. It’s also associated with HSP (Highly Sensitive People), although that’s not the case for everyone.
I, myself, have dealt with self-doubt practically my whole life. I know a nice handful of other people who deal with it too, and most of them have a “reason” for it… like things that happened when they were younger, etc. I had something happen to me when I was 4, but I really don’t think about it, and the self-doubt started when I went to middle school. I had a wonderful family life growing up, and everyone encouraged me. Perhaps because the good things I did got recognized and it reassured me.
Whatever the reason, it’s horrible. But I’m progressing… slowly.