It’s a sad truth, but you can be self-deprecating and modest all you want, and at the end of the day insecure people will still try to tear you down. It usually has nothing to do with you, and everything to do with how they see themselves.
What’s that you say? This is starting to sound like the opposite of that post from the other day? That’s because it is, in a way.
What we have here is someone whose confidence comes from a series of failures and successes, who has genuine life experiences, in the same space as someone who’s spent most of their life hearing how wonderful and perfect they are, and how everything is someone else’s fault. It plays out every time you put people in the same space.
Okay, that’s a little extreme, but there seriously isn’t anywhere that’s safe from this clash, and that’s what makes it such a great tool for developing tension between characters. The characters may actually be at different skill levels competing for a position that requires the higher skill level. They may be at the same skill level, giving you the opportunity to explore the characters’ point of view as they deal with the same situation.
There are so many ways you can play with the characters while exploring this idea of self-confidence.