When you hear about imposter syndrome, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind?
For many, this syndrome is something most don’t understand and most people deal with throughout their life. Imposter Syndrome is a unique condition that was first discovered in the 1970’s by a multiple number of psychologists. It can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success. Imposters suffer from chronic self-doubt, feelings undeserving of their accomplishments and at times, feel like a fraud.
You would be surprised to know that many celebrities suffer from this syndrome including Meryl Streep, Emma Watson and even Ryan Reynolds.
Despite being in the spotlight, people all around us and in our workplaces may be struggling with the same thing. Imposter Syndrome can hold you back from reaching your full potential, can completely lower your confidence and can put you in a depressive state.
So, what are the signs?
Remember the signs are different for everyone, but these are some of the most common ones.
If you have any of these things, guess what? You’re human. Even though the term Imposter Syndrome may sound daunting and scary, studies show that 70 per cent of individuals will experience Imposter Syndrome once in their lifetime and it’s more common than you’d think.
So, the question now is, how do I overcome something that feels impossible to overcome?
To be honest, we don’t even have the perfect answer for this but there are some things you can do to eliminate the feelings and thoughts generated around this syndrome.
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