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:
- Recognize that imposter syndrome is a common experience and that many successful people have felt like imposters at some point in their careers.
- 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.”
- 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.
- Give yourself credit for your accomplishments. Keep track of your successes and remind yourself of them when you’re feeling down.
- Practice self-compassion. Be kind and understanding with yourself, and remember that everyone makes mistakes and has moments of self-doubt.
- Learn to separate your self-worth from your accomplishments. Your value as a person is not defined by your successes or failures.
- Seek out mentors and role models who can provide guidance and support.
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