Punch Imposter Syndrome on the Face Once and for all

First described by psychologists in 1978, scientists estimate that up to 82% of people face impostor syndrome.

Imposter syndrome is a feeling of inadequacy or self-doubt that can affect individuals in positions of authority or high achievement. To deal with imposter syndrome, it can be helpful to:

  1. Recognize that imposter syndrome is a common experience and that many successful people have felt like imposters at some point in their careers.
  2. Challenge negative thoughts and reframe them in a more positive light. Instead of thinking “I don’t deserve this,” try “I have worked hard and earned this.”
  3. Talk to someone about your feelings. A therapist, counsellor, or coach can help you work through imposter syndrome and develop strategies for coping with it.
  4. Give yourself credit for your accomplishments. Keep track of your successes and remind yourself of them when you’re feeling down.
  5. Practice self-compassion. Be kind and understanding with yourself, and remember that everyone makes mistakes and has moments of self-doubt.
  6. Learn to separate your self-worth from your accomplishments. Your value as a person is not defined by your successes or failures.
  7. Seek out mentors and role models who can provide guidance and support.

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