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.