I had some bad experience in past, where I have lost 2 jobs in one year and the last one as well, I will admit that I had been trying to be maverick but ended badly in the 2 jobs I mention. Reason being is technology was changing and I wanted to blend it while recruiters put me for a role that wasn't as it was told/advertised. But my last role lasted 5 months, which was a really high paid given from the last role before that I had for 1.5 the years.
Many reasons contributed to me losing my last role, one of them was a memory and my effectiveness. I was in a position for 1.5 years where I was rejected for things I bring to the table and was told to use legacy code, that and my manager having a trust issue with me because he liked to have control like not letting me do my job when I had a track record of doing it. I quit that one because I was hesitant to do something, which I bought for my new job and I lost it because I became underconfident and got bad memory.
I have applied for roles that are 15% less paying then last one but I think people are getting red flags as of why I will take so much cut, what can be wrong with this person? It is true I want to build my confidence up again also I need to take some time for myself to get up to speed with the tech world, but I cannot say this in an interview. How can I justify when asked about my previous pay and expected pay and why I am ready to take such a cut