Imposter Syndrome Diagnosed as Imposter Complex

Hello, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here!

Some time ago, I spoke with a friend about imposter syndrome.

Apparently, it is an experience in which you believe you are not as competent as others think you are, or you do not deserve the things you have achieved and at any moment you may be exposed as a fraud.

You can read an overview of imposter syndrome here.

So far as I can tell , I do not suffer from imposter syndrome.

I thing being an imposter sometimes would make me more agreeable.

In every little thing I go after, I fight tooth and nail, ensuring I know the ins and outs of a task to the best of my ability.

I may feel outgunned ,or that others may have more resources, but I never feel like an imposter.

In a strange turn of events, I was thinking about this topic yesterday when I found I had been suspended from a South Korean site where I have been crossposting. Some of you are familiar with my shameless and probably impossible pursuit of North Korean traffic.

What was I suspended for?

Ah, me? A fraud, and imposter?

I was embarrassed and wracked my brain. What had I done?

I posted a picture of myself and one of those awful 419eater photos to validate that I am me, a couple of of links to my site, a YT video of me running down the stairs and a picture of a bowl of vegetables I had taken. Or had I? Was I even me? There were so many questions going through my brain.

Apparently, they will tell me what I did wrong in a few days. I have reached out to the site owner as I would like to continue crossposting.


I just knew they would find out I wasn’t myself. It was only a matter of time.

While I don’t have imposter syndrome, I think I have a little imposter complex after this insinuation.

Author: Benjamin

Benjamin Thiel is a husband, father, correctional professional and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire.

17 thoughts on “Imposter Syndrome Diagnosed as Imposter Complex

  1. leendadll says:

    I had a post removed from my 2 seconds back on fb because it was “a violation of hate solpeech”, or something to that effect. My offense? Someone posted a pic of a big spider in their home and I commented “burn it down!” I appealed but apparently lost.

    No imposter syndrome here either.

    1. Benjamin says:

      While I like them, I think it is ok to fear spiders. That is ridiculous. This is why I am self-hosted. I can say almost anything.

  2. dumbestblogger says:

    If you’re not you you must be someone else. If you’re not someone if and you’re not you, but you think that you are you then Descartes therom of existence is disproved. Heady stuff.

        1. Benjamin says:

          I will decide soon from a South Korean app whether I am an imposter or not. There is a lot at stake here about my identity and the future of the Campfire itself! 🤠🔥

  3. Jeff says:

    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde

  4. mattsnyder1970 says:

    You crosspost with a South Korean site I wouldn’t be surprised that your post about the burrito lead to suspicion that perhaps you are a North Korean spy.

    1. Benjamin says:

      Ha ha! It is a possibility. I had almost 400 views from Singapore yesterday. I wonder what that was all about!


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