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Yes, Impostor Syndrome is Real. Here's How to Deal With It

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Yes, Impostor Syndrome is Real. Here's How to Deal With It
Impostor syndrome is associated with feelings of fraud, like you're inadequate or a failure. But you can overcome it with these expert tips.

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Impostor syndrome

Impostor syndrome

It's the idea that you’ve only succeeded due to luck, and not because of your talent or qualifications.

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What causes the impostor syndrome

We have no idea what causes the impostor syndrome. But we all suffer from it It may have to with:

  • Personality traits, like anxiety or neuroticism
  • Family or behavioral causes, like childhood memories (such as feeling that your grades were never good enough for your parents)
  • The environment or institutionalized discrimination.

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How to deal with impostor syndrome

How to deal with impostor syndrome
  • Acknowledge the thoughts and put them in perspective: Simply observing that thought as opposed to engaging it can be helpful.
  • Reframe your thoughts: The difference between someone who experiences impostor syndrome and someone who does not is how they respond to challenges.
  • Share what you’re feeling with trusted friends or mentors: People who have more experience can reassure you that what you’re feeling is normal.

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Causes of the Impostor Syndrome

From a psychological standpoint, it may be influenced by certain factors early in life, particularly the development of certain beliefs and attitude towards success and one's self-worth.

Signs You Have Impostor Syndrome

  • You don't think you deserve success.
  • You think you're a fake and you're going to be found out.
  • You attribute your success to luck.
  • You think you're not special, anyone can do what you do.
  • You can't internalize your success so you credit others for it.
  • You can't accept praise.
  • Failure is not an option.
  • You use "I'm pretty sure" or "I kind of think" because of lack of confidence.
  • You discredit your achievements.