HOW TO HANDLE IMPOSTER SYNDROME

HOW TO HANDLE IMPOSTER SYNDROME

Feeling unworthy. Feeling unqualified. Feeling inadequate. These are just a few of the symptoms of a fear that many of us are victim to: Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome can be defined as “a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success”.

Those affected by this fear suffer from a constant sense of self-doubt that overshadows any feelings of success or proof of their capabilities. This fear can even affect those who are highly successful, which has led researchers to believe that it does not stem from issues with self-confidence, but rather, with perfectionism.

There are many ways to reduce the impact that Imposter Syndrome can have:

– Recognise the feelings of Imposter Syndrome when they emerge.

– Change your way of thinking by reminding yourself that it is normal not to know
everything and that you will learn as time goes by.

– Talk to others about your feelings.

– Think of failure as a learning opportunity.

– Be kind to yourself.

– Find support.

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