Everyone sometimes feels like a fraud, but people with Imposter Syndrome feel this way all the time. You’re not the only one. It is thought that about 70% of people will have to deal with this at some point in their lives. Even though the phenomenon is common, not much is known about it.
What Indications Reveal Imposter Syndrome?
While there is no formal diagnosis, below is a list of frequent symptoms:
- Self-doubt is a constant part of everything you’ve done, are doing, and will do.
- Regardless of external accomplishment, you have a continual worry of being “found out” or exposed as a fraud.
- When you gain success, you credit it to chance or call it a fluke. Instead of satisfaction and pride, you may experience relief or even distress.
- You seek affirmation from authority figures, such as a supervisor or a family member, and give them the ability to determine whether or not you are successful.
Imposter syndrome is most likely caused by a combination of variables, including personality qualities (such as perfectionism) and family history.
One theory says that it starts in homes where getting things done is more important than anything else. Another research paper says that it starts when families don’t have enough support and fight a lot.
If you think you might be found out as a fake, answering these questions can help you get through it.
Respond to the following questions to obtain a better understanding of Imposter Syndrome management:
- What incidents in my youth shaped my thoughts about being an imposter?
- What are some possible explanations for these occurrences? Which of these explanations should I believe?
- How well am I able to eat? Is it possible that my food plays a role in my feelings of?
- Which of my greatest accomplishments am I most proud of? What contribution did my knowledge, ability, and competence make to those accomplishments?
- Whom could I possibly mentor? What would I assist this individual with?
- Whom could I approach as a mentor? What makes me believe they would make an excellent mentor?
- How is imposter Syndrome detrimental to my well-being? What would I gain by eradicating it?
- What long-term goals do I have? How does Imposter Syndrome jeopardize those intentions?
How to Handle Imposter Syndrome
There is no one way to treat imposter syndrome that works for everyone. On the other hand, getting through these persistent feelings of not being good enough takes both consistent mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy skills.