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How We Perceive Our Abilities

There are people who tend to overestimate their abilities and some people who tend to underestimate their abilities.

People who feel like impostors tend to underestimate their abilities. Because the impostor phenomenon makes high-achieving feel like they're not as intelligent, as bright, as creative, as able as other people think they are. And they live in a constant fear that somebody's going to find that out.

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Take a break when the pressure is high and be curious about how you're feeling.

  • Look to people who you are hoping to learn from and accept that you don't have to be an expert. It won't make you look weak.
  • Create community and build up your support system.
  • Ask your friends not to say, "you're going to do great; don't ...

Impostor syndrome doesn't go away just because you achieve certain goals or you have a certain resume or you went to a certain school or you worked at a prestigious place.

We must acknowledge the societal impact that influences this feeling.

Awareness is a key factor in helping yourself with the impostor phenomenon.

Be self-soothing. Try affirmations like: "I'm going to do OK, because I did OK last time. I know enough about this. I don't have to be perfect." 

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