- Are you going to wear that to the presentation?
- I was unaware you could work from home the day after taking a personal day. Have the policies changed recently?
- "So how's the job hunt? Ugh, what a difficult time to find work, much less do something fulfilling. Please let me know if I can do anything, 'kay?"
- "Oh wow I see you're putting your resume on blue paper, with a Helvetica font! Wow, how nontraditional.... You are always pushing the envelope, so to speak. And it's great. People need to see that kind of resume every now and then."
So how do you combat an underminer? First, take a deep breathe. Second, have a true friend wriggle the knife out of your back. Third, smile gracefully, excuse yourself and run for the hills. In a sea of underminers there are also loyal, encouraging, respectful professionals who can talk you off the ledge of self-doubt. Find those people, surround yourself with them and vow never to turn into an evil underminer.