Let me explain… impostor syndrome is the feeling that your success is mainly due to luck and not talent.
Have you ever felt this way? ✋
I know I sure have… more than once.
So, let’s see where it comes from, how we can identify it, and how we can eliminate it from our life.
Identifying And Eliminating Imposter Syndrome
Everyone suffers from self-doubt at one point in their lives or another. In most cases, we can move past those feelings, but for some, they linger. If you are able to meet your goals and lead a productive life but still feel like you are worthless, chances are good that you may be suffering from impostor syndrome.
What is Impostor Syndrome?
Impostor syndrome is the feeling that your success is mainly due to luck and not talent. This syndrome was first discovered in the late 70’s but two psychologists, Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes. During their discovery, they felt that women were mainly the victims of this condition, but as more research was performed, it has been proven that both sexes are equally affected. Basically, anyone who cannot recognize their own successes can suffer from impostor syndrome.
What Causes Impostor Syndrome?
There are many reasons that a person may develop imposter syndrome, and no one reason is the right one. Some therapists feel that people with certain personality characteristics are more likely to developing Impostor Syndrome. People who suffer from anxiety, depression, and neuroticism tend to be more prone to Impostor Syndrome. Other therapists feel that Impostor Syndrome is caused by behavioral or family issues. Children who lived in households where they were often criticized will grow up to develop Impostor Syndrome.
What Are The Signs Of Impostor Syndrome?
Knowing the signs is the first step in overcoming impostor syndrome. If you worked hard to achieve a goal but think that your success is luck, this is a sign. Those who have a hard time accepting praise and those that have a paralyzing fear of failure are also showing signs of impostor syndrome. Another sign is if you say you are sorry even if you didn’t make a mistake or do anything wrong, or not showing confidence out of fear of others’ reactions is also a sign of impostor syndrome.
Understand That You Are Not Alone
Many people suffer from impostor syndrome. You are not alone in your struggle. It can be difficult to talk about your feelings and thoughts, making impostor syndrome even worse. There is a big difference between being humble and being afraid of failure. It is okay to want to keep your accomplishments low key, but to be afraid that others will find your accomplishments lacking is nothing but impostor syndrome taking over.
Have you ever suffered from impostor syndrome? Let me know here…