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The 5 Types of Imposter Syndrome (And How to Overcome It!)

The 5 Types of Imposter Syndrome (And How to Overcome It!)

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Impostor Syndrome

Impostor syndrome is a psychological phenomenon in which you feel like you don’t deserve your accomplishments. You might feel like you don’t belong, don’t deserve your success, or are “out of place.” You might even be constantly worried others will expose you as a fraud.

The Perfectionist

It is a type of imposter syndrome that focuses on how something should be done—they want 110% from any project or assignment, each and every time. When these standards aren’t met, however, impostor syndrome kicks into gear.

Impostor Fix: To overcome yo...

The Natural Genius

This is the equivalent of a fixed mindset. Natural geniuses think they should always be smart, be fast learners, or excel at everything they’re taught.

They have a tendency to look at the pros in their field and wonder: _Why am I not there...

The Expert

Experts strive for more—more knowledge, more experience, and more awards. Experts strive to be perfect because they want to please others. They feel like an impostor because there’s always someone better out there.

Impostor Fix: Expert...

The Rugged Individualist

The Rugged Individualist believes they can do everything themselves and prefers to do things without asking for help. They believe asking others is a sign of weakness.

Impostor Fix: The problem of not asking others may be because you haven’t found the ...

The Superwoman/Man

The Superwoman or Superman loves to take on more responsibility. They have a hard time saying no and often work harder than their peers. A superwoman or superman often juggles many tasks at once, even to the point of over-exhaustion.

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Deal With Impostor Syndrome: The Coué Method

This is a way to change your self-talk to guide your own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors:

  • Choose an anti–impostor syndrome phrase - a positive affirmation or your own personalized phrase that helps you break out of impostor syndrome. I.e: "I got th...

Deal With Impostor Syndrome: “Go Mad” for 30 Minutes

Get a piece of paper and a pen and write down everything about you that you are trying to hide: your most ridiculous beliefs, the worst parts of your character, and all the things about you that make you feel like a fraud.

While this exercise won’t hel...

Keep a Success File

Writing therapy has proven to be a great remedy for impostor syndrome.

  • When you are feeling those self-doubts, you can pull out a journal and write about 5 things you are grateful for. Or take a screenshot and save the picture in a folder labeled “Success File.”

Digital Detox

If you’re constantly checking social media, you may be unfairly comparing yourself to others.

A digital detox is when you unplug and get off social media and email for some time—say, 10 days. You can do it from home or even on vacation if you’re a remote worker.

The Opposite of Impostor Syndrome: The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The Dunning-Kruger effect is when you think you already “know” everything or brush off other people’s advice. People who experience the Dunning-Kruger effect are super confident and even arrogant—but the fact is we’ve all probably experienced this effect at times.

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