It's always seemed odd to me how others perceive me -because I rarely perceive myself in the same way. I talked about this with J at my session this morning. We spoke about how hard it is for me to see myself as capable and coping, how I have a tendency to feel that I can't cope, even when evidence suggests the opposite. She had some very helpful ideas about how this belief came about, and expressed confidence that this can be changed, albeit slowly.
I continue to be surprised when others tell me I am doing well, strong, confident. I don't feel those things for myself. I can see where their evidence is, but at the same time I want to convince them that they are wrong, because they are not seeing the full picture. It's a rum old business.