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Your brain is out to get you

Your brain is out to get you

Imposter syndrome and other things that may affect you as a programmer. Knowing about them will help you succeed and help you not be a jerk.


David Grandinetti

November 19, 2014


  1. Your brain is out to get you David Grandinetti (imposter

    at large)
  2. Imposter Syndrome

  3. I have no idea what I'm doing

  4. A failure to internalize success

  5. Success = Luck Failure = My fault

  6. Programmers Academics Executives Athletes Parents

  7. Astronauts

  8. We may exacerbate this feeling...

  9. //FIXME: I have no idea how or why this works.

    — Every Programmer Ever
  10. Your code is fail

  11. git-blame

  12. git-praise

  13. Today I'm going to have you write malloc() — Interviewer

  14. The most effective technique to overcome impostor syndrome is to

    simply recognize that it exists. [citation needed]
  15. None
  16. Dunning–Kruger Effect

  17. If you’re incompetent, you can’t know you’re incompetent.

  18. …the skills you need to produce a right answer are

    exactly the skills you need to recognize what a right answer is. — David Dunning
  19. 4 stages of competence Unconscious incompetence Conscious incompetence Conscious competence

    Unconscious competence
  20. I know that I know nothing. — Socrates

  21. Hanlon's razor

  22. Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by

  23. Chat, Email, Pull Requests

  24. Links

  25. Images Neil-Armstrong-na-Lua.jpg