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|21 May 2019|6 mins

Impostor Syndrome – Who Are You And Why Are You Damaging My Self-esteem?!

Feeling like a fraud? You’re not the only one

She’s worth $400 million and featured in the Forbes 100 list but JLo – as in the Jennifer Lopez – once said, “even though I had sold 70 million albums, there I was feeling like, I’m no good at this.”

Impostor syndrome. You can probably relate to experiencing it at least once in your life – a creeping feeling of dread, which comes up at the moment you definitely don’t need it, it can, annoyingly, come from setting such high goals for yourself. When you get there, you're in disbelief.

So what is it and why do we feel it? Coined in 1978 by clinical psychologists Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes, impostor syndrome can be an incredibly harmful way of thinking. The syndrome ultimately comes down to feeling like a fraud and putting your successes down to being lucky or fluking your way through a promotion. But, later on, Clance said she wishes she’d called in the ‘Impostor Experience,’ because it’s so common.

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Impostor syndrome can affect anyone, and it's so important to realise the self-doubt feeling isn't real; otherwise, it can undermine your entire career. The disbelief in your achievements, even though you worked hard to get there, can be crushing and can often lead to feelings of anxiety and depression – so although it’s not categorised as an actual disorder, it shouldn’t be ignored if you can’t shake it off.

3 Ways to Beat that Nagging Self-Doubt:

  1. Try writing down everything you have accomplished recently – you did that, it wasn’t luck
  2. Give yourself credit for getting where you are today – treat yourself when you score a win, whether it’s a well-deserved holiday or just an extra episode of your favourite TV show
  3. Talk about it. Discussing your fears with friends might make you realise they feel the same; and, hearing your achievements from a friend or manager can feel so rewarding

I mean, If JLo feels impostor syndrome – after selling 70 million albums – it might make you stop doubting yourself when you’re offered that promotion.

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Emma-Kate Wilson
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