I would describe it as chronic feelings of inadequacy, incompetence and fraudulence, despite objective success.
For some of my clients, starting a new role has triggered an episode. However, imposter syndrome affects everyone, from the most successful CEO to a college starter.
In fact, actual ability and achievements are irrelevant. Driven personalities and those at the top of the ladder are just as vulnerable to imposter syndrome as I have recently found.
Have you experienced pressure perhaps at college or at work when delivering a presentation and felt sure that you were about to embarrass yourself ?
Or even if you didn’t embarrass yourself and excelled, you believed that you had fooled everyone yet again and your success is attributed to luck or a fluke; and that one day soon, you will be found out?’
Do you seek for validation in authority figures such as a boss or family member and give them the power to dictate whether you are successful or not?
Imposter syndrome is frequently associated with trait anxiety, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), and social anxiety disorder.
So, what is the difference between ‘Imposter Syndrome’ and ‘Self Doubt’?
There’s nothing wrong with occasional self-doubt. Most people feel like an imposter at some point in their lives, especially in intimidating scenarios. Whether they’re on a date, at a new job, or speaking in front of a large crowd.
What Causes Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter syndrome is likely the result of multiple factors, including personality traits (such as perfectionism) and family background where achievement is valued above all else.
How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome…
There’s no one easy treatment plan for imposter syndrome but a ‘Transformation of Worth’ Program takes you through a process of exploring it’s root……
Reframe your thinking: It helps to be mindful of antecedents, beliefs, and emotions. You can use these categories to put your thoughts in perspective.
For example, you might get a raise, so you feel distress or guilt because you believe you didn’t deserve it. Go back and examine why you have this belief and examine if it’s valid or self serving.
Embrace success: If you have imposter syndrome, it can be tempting to invalidate even the smallest success. Resist that urge of being dismissive and rather list every success and allow them to resonate emotionally.
Over time, this practice will give you a realistic picture of your accomplishments and help affirm your self-worth.
Talk it out: Whether it’s to a mentor, friend, or therapist, talk to someone else about how you’re feeling. Getting an outside perspective can reduce irrational beliefs and ground you in reality.
Show self-compassion through ‘Mindfulness’: This helps you reflect on your feelings and foster more compassionate, constructive ways of relating to yourself. It has become a popular approach to overcoming imposter syndrome.
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