So, to begin with what is impostor syndrome?
Impostor syndrome is a psychological pattern in which individuals doubt their accomplishments and has a persistent internalised fear of being exposed as a “fraud”. Wikipedia 2019
- Do you feel like you are never good enough?
- Feel like a fraud?
- Feel that luck has got you to where you are?
- Feel like you know hardly anything?
- Do you feel like you are faking it?
- Do you see yourself as being below people around you, especially ones at the same level as you?
- Are you never good enough? even if people tell you so.
- I feel like a con-artist, conning my way through life.
- I put myself out there as being better than I really am.
I have also found that people who suffer from impostor syndrome will not accept a compliant. This may be about work, the way they look, the way they are, something they have done. They will always look for a way to distract from it or put it down, or worse put themselves down.
Imposter syndrome is a belief that you are inadequate or and incompetent, even though their will be evidence to prove otherwise.
I found an article that talks about 5 different types of impostor syndrome, click here to read.
- The perfectionist – often going hand in hand with impostor syndrome
- The supper women/man – believing they are phoney around work colleagues
- The natural genius – if it takes time to grasp something, you feel shame
- The soloist – asking for help reveals that you are a phoney
- The expert – will never know enough, fear of being exposed as inexperienced or unknowledgeable
This image I feel hits the nail on the head. Is this you? Do you feel like any of the above? Is impostor syndrome holding you back?
I have worked with impostor syndrome using an amazing therapy called BWRT® and it really does help.
Contact me if this is you, I can get you moving in the direction you want, feeling more confident in yourself and your own abilities.
Negative Effects of Impostor Syndrome
Whilst impostor syndrome may well fuel motivation, work harder to be better, this is often with a constant feeling of anxiety. I must do better, I need to work harder to prove myself, I need to work harder to look like I know what I am doing, the list could go on.
I feel that the above image really sums up impostor syndrome so very well, it also shows the points at which you can really feel the affects of anxiety. No matter how hard you work, or how good you are as a person, or how good you look, you will always ignore or push away positive feed back.
If the above rings true, then you can do something about it. Remember, you weren’t born with impostor syndrome.