Feel so small

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Registered: 03-22-2007
Feel so small
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Thu, 11-20-2008 - 2:13pm

I feel so low at work. I have worked here for 3 years, and my background is all English: writing, editing and so on. So, that is what I do at my work. The team I work on is comprised of members who have a math, science or business background. Since it's an Internet company, things always shift, I've moved around a bit, and am now on this team going forward. My issue is really with my self esteem. In that I have none. I'm not sure why, I feel I'm smart, a good person, attractive and funny, yet this doesn't translate into social situations like meetings. I get so nervous that I feel my heart pounding, and I clam up. I get speech paralysis, where instead of focusing on choosing the best answer for my boss I quickly blurt out something so that the attention can be turned elsewhere.

I am so upset about a meeting yesterday. The short version: my boss was explaining a new idea he had, and how it related to this social theory. I had read the theory, it has a math equation but is quite simple. My boss said to me in the meeting "You are probably thinking what the heck?" because he was getting into this theory. As in, I probably didn't grasp it or something? Of course, I quickly blurt out something about how I read the theory, but I have to do more reading, and yes I really don't have a scientific brain. What? It's like I'm agreeing, yes I'm stupid. The worst part is that he then went onto explain this theory, looking at me, and all I could do is just nod and stare at him, trying not to cry. I was so angry with myself afterwards, I obsessed about it the whole night. I realize that something like "I actually understand the theory" or "Why would you think I didn't understand it?" would have been ideal answers, but my mind honestly goes blank in the situation. This morning I talked to a woman I work with, on a different team, we have worked together for a long time, and she said something like "Oh, I know...he does that, he makes a judgment of someone and then that's his perception of them. Try not to worry about it." Then she said "Did you say anything?" and I know that she is really strong, and would not have put up with it. So then I had to explain to her no, basically I let him make a fool of me because I'm too scared or put on the spot to say anything.

Not my best day. I feel like garbage. I feel like my boss, and now my team thinks I'm stupid, and also that I don't stand up for myself. I am going to my dr. today, I think I need to be on some anxiety meds again, maybe that will help? I'm just sick of feeling so un-confident, and like I don't know my worth or something.

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Registered: 05-06-2007
Thu, 11-20-2008 - 3:36pm

Oh I can so relate.

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Registered: 10-12-2006
Fri, 11-21-2008 - 9:58am
nah, you don't need meds. did you know that the fear of speaking in public is the #1 fear of all fears? you're totally normal, and your boss sounds like a narrow-minded jerk. you prepared yourself for the meeting by reading the subject material, didn't you? maybe next time you can just nod and smile knowingly
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Registered: 08-21-2008
Fri, 11-21-2008 - 4:23pm

I'm not sure if you are like me or not, but I tend to get better with social situations, the more I'm around them - IF they are the same group of people, and IF a good amount of time has passed.

~ Rain   
       
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Registered: 03-22-2007
Mon, 11-24-2008 - 12:31pm
Thanks for all your replies, they really help. I had a nice weekend and I am not really thinking about it so much. I did get some .05 of Ativan, I have taken that before, so before I go into a meeting the first few times I will take one of those. I also worked on some writing this weekend, it's my passion, so that made me feel better about myself. It's true, I will have a chance to prove my boss that I DO know things, and am comfortable enough to speak up.
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Registered: 08-21-2008
Mon, 11-24-2008 - 1:56pm
I'm glad you had a nice weekend, and did things that helped you feel better.
~ Rain   
       
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Registered: 01-05-2006
Tue, 11-25-2008 - 12:19pm

I did not learn this until late in my life.


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