Understanding Imposter Syndrome
Imposter Syndrome is the unsettling sensation of doubting our skills, talents, or achievements, making us feel like a fraud at risk of being exposed. This self-doubt can limit opportunities, decrease satisfaction, and increase stress. Recognizing and learning about it is a significant step towards overcoming it.
The Five Types of Imposter Syndrome
There are five common types: The Perfectionist, who sets extremely high standards; The Superwoman/Superman, who validates self-worth through overworking; The Natural Genius, who expects success to come easily; The Soloist, who avoids asking for help; and The Expert, who feels they never know ‘enough’. These types help us understand our thought patterns but do not define us.
Imposter Syndrome & Attribution Bias
Attribution Bias is our tendency to explain events based on internal or external factors. With Imposter Syndrome, successes are attributed to external factors (like luck), and failures are internalized. To challenge this, ask yourself if your success might actually be the result of your own effort and skills.
Strategies to Overcome Imposter Syndrome
To combat Imposter Syndrome, employ various strategies: reality-check your thoughts, embrace a growth mindset, seek mentorship and peer support, document your achievements, and use positive affirmations to reset thought patterns. Remember, overcoming Imposter Syndrome is a journey, not a race.
Building Resilience Against Imposter Syndrome
Resilience is not just bouncing back, but creating a mental and emotional armour. Build resilience by celebrating small wins, assembling a positive support network, practicing self-compassion, and avoiding comparison with others. Each step taken to build resilience is a valuable self-investment.