Does it sometimes feel as if someone out there is about to expose you, to reveal that your work is full of holes or that it won't hold up to a serious review? You may live in near-constant fear that they're going to figure out that you're not as good as they think you are. The really odd thing about this scenario is that not only is your work unassailable, and you are every bit as good as they think you are, but the critical feeling comes not from out there, but from within yourself.
You simply project it onto other people. No wonder you're so shy and rarely participate in group discussions, even when you have something valuable to say! Then two minutes later, when someone else says just what you were thinking, getting general acclaim, you're left out in the cold! How can you find the balance between your inner critic and your lack of confidence? First, take an honest appraisal of your mental abilities. You are likely to be much smarter than you give yourself credit for. Next, tackle problem areas wholeheartedly. You can make great progress in honoring your gifts as well as overcoming difficulties, which subsequently become areas of real strength.