We sometimes pass through a time when we feel not good enough or doubt our capabilities, and that is ok, but if this is how we feel about ourselves all the time, then this is alarming. When you are unable to take credit for your own accomplishment, have a lack of self-worth, and many other things that we will discuss more in details, this is what is known as ‘Imposter Syndrome'.
What is Imposter Syndrome?
Not a medical condition, but rather a pattern of thinking where you always doubt yourself feeling that you are not as good or competent as perceived by people around you. It is not necessarily linked to work alone, an imposter syndrome is something you can experience in your relationship as a partner or with your friends. To make it simpler, a person suffering from imposter syndrome feels as if they are faking or pretending and that with a mishap their worthlessness will be exposed.
What are the symptoms of imposter syndrome?
• Lack of the ability to assessing your skills and competencies.
• Belittling your performance and skills.
• Linking your accomplishment to external factors.
• Feeling you are not up to people’s expectations
So, for someone having imposter syndrome, it is common to say things like:
“It was good luck”
“I think I don’t fit or belong here”
“I’m not good enough, soon they will find out about it and will think I was deceiving them”
If this is an issue you are suffering from, how can you overcome it?
1. Don’t compare yourself to others and their accomplishments
2. Acknowledge your accomplishment and give credit to yourself where due.
3. Stop the negative self-talk and change your inner dialogue.
4. Separate your negative feelings like anxiety and self-doubt from the fact that you’ve got something done or made someone happy.
5. Share your thoughts with people you trust or talk to a therapist.