As you might have thought, imposter syndrome can very well effect you emotionally. But that's not the only way it presens itself. It can also affect the way you approach your work.
People experiencing this also suffer through Unnecessary Perfectionism, leading to fear of failure, and expectations that can't be met. This, in turn, can lead to procrastination.
Not only that, a study of over 200 professionals at the University of Salzburg found those experiencing imposter phenomenon tended to be paid less, were less likely to be promoted, and felt less committed and satisfied at work.
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What is Imposter Syndrome?
Have you ever felt that you're just not enough? Even when there are evidences that they are not, but have you ever felt that your successes, was rather luck?
The imposter phenomenon refers to feelings of inadequacy, feeling like a fraud, attributing success to luck rather than skill and effort, and worrying about being found out. All these feelings occur in those with imposter phenomenon (or, syndrome) despite evidence of success.
Imposter syndrome, is not a syndrome, but rather, an experience! It happens with almost everyone at some point.
It won't be easy, but will be worth it!
"No one can make you feel inferior, except you!"
The phrase "work-life balance" seems to imply that work and life are in balance.
If one imagines an old-fashioned scale, that would mean work is on the one side, and everything else about yourself on the other side - your friends, hobbies, family, relationships, beliefs, sports, etc. It hardly seems like a balance and really points out our obsession with work.
Our feelings are hard at work. In 1983, Arlie Russel Hochschild defined labour as requiring one to "induce or suppress feeling in order to sustain the outward countenance that produces the proper state of mind in others."
Clear examples of emotional labourer are therapists and other healthcare professionals, communications professionals, and educators. But we all do emotional labour when we empathise with our customers or plan a project at work.
This is one of the most important stories in our culture. You're supposed to start at the bottom and work your way toward the top.
If you want to move up in the ladder, you are most welcome, but it should not be an imposition, a mandatory race for everyone.
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