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Backward Compatibility is Good for WordPress, not Mental Health

Imposter syndrome combined with isolation is a concern in our increasingly growing industry, particularly for those working remotely. How do we address imposter syndrome without looking our internal programming or self talk?

Though talking with developers over the years, I believe many of us came to tech because of our backgrounds. Namely, computers are something we can control. More than half of the people I know in technology have dysfunctional backgrounds.

Teaching emotional coping skills with something developers understand (logical code) can produce powerful breakthroughs. Though I am not a licensed therapist, I do care about our developers, our community, and specifically, my friends.

In this talk, I'll relate how I've dealt with mental health through my journey and the insight into how destructive our self-talk is. It affects the jobs we go after, the work we do, and how we relate with each other. Instead of keeping old self-talk and growing around it, we need to make “breaking changes” in the way we talk about ourselves.

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Backward Compatibility is Good for WordPress, not Mental Health

  1. 1. Good for WordPress, Bad for Mental Health BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY: BridgetWillard.com • (949) 370-4059 • gidgey@gmail.com
  2. 2. 50% of my friends struggle. We come to computer science and tech because it’s predictable. Why do we crave control? For the last ten years of anecdotal conversations, I’ve come up with a theory.
  3. 3. “What are worthiness issues?”
  4. 4. What does it mean to be worthy? How do we change how we were programmed earlier in our lives?
  5. 5. I amFat • Ugly • Stupid • Unreliable • Unlovable • Unworthy
  6. 6. Why does self-talk matter?
  7. 7. Self Talk Determines How We Interact ● Do we make friends easily or figure they’ll hate us anyway? ● Do we make self-deprecating jokes? ● Do we try for better jobs? Better clients? ● Do we self-isolate? ● Are we brave in our relationships? ● Are we vulnerable to someone?
  8. 8. How do we make breaking changes?
  9. 9. We have to find the bugs. They are not features. ● Find someone you can trust to talk it out. ● Recognize the patterns in word choice. ● Practice self-awareness. ● Journal.
  10. 10. Self-Talk Exercise Challenge
  11. 11. BridgetWillard.com • (949) 370-4059 • gidgey@gmail.com Write: “I am” What are you good at? What do people say about you? Who do you want to be? Write it down.
  12. 12. Thank you. BridgetWillard.com • (949) 370-4059 • gidgey@gmail.com