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  1. #71


    Thus the condescension.

  2. #72


    Quote Originally Posted by Coriolis View Post
    If anything, the reverse was true for me. I was called smart throughout my childhood, and consistently complimented on my academic and intellectual ability. I took it (and my actual accomplishments) as confirmation that I had a skills/abilities/gifts that I could do things with, and so I did. It was almost a perpetual game of one-upsmanship with myself. I pushed myself always to do better than whatever I had done last, to raise the bar higher on myself.
    The difference, the way I see it, is that you were conscious of the fact that you had put in effort, and that the validation you received was ultimately a validation of that effort- that there was a co-relation between your effort and your academic/intellectual ability.

    I never realised this. I had always thought that I never had to put in any effort to be who or where I was, and reasoned that if that were the case I wouldn't really have to work hard at anything at all.
    Call me Visa, please!

  3. #73


    I usually reply with a stern, "I know".

    Otherwise i generally give the other person a "i-don't-know-what-to-say" look and carry on with what i'm doing.

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