So a friend of mine expressed self-doubt that they are good at their job.  I was exasperated as this person so excells at what they do that the thought of inadequacy is patently absurd–to me.  I had this urge to smack them up top their head to knock some sense into them.  I do get protective of my friends, but here one of my friend was beating up on himself. So I found myself in the odd position of being pissed off at that part of him that was beating up on himself.  And protective of that part of him that was being beaten up upon.  It was an odd mix of emotions.