Impostor Syndrome


Have you ever heard of "Impostor Syndrome"? If not that is totally okay, on today's blog I am sharing some knowledge on what the syndrome entitles, some of the biggest challenges, and ways you can overcome it.


Definition


Let's start with a short definition, Imposter syndrome is:

"The idea that you’ve only succeeded due to luck, and not because of your talent or qualifications—was first identified in 1978 by psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes."

Source


As many studies have proven, both women and men experience feelings of insecurity and the feeling of not being enough. This is a scary position to be facing, especially when you are starting a business or if you want to give your brand some exposure. But in reality, this syndrome is dangerous for anyone who is trying to grow personally and professionally. That is why, even if only a few symptoms start becoming too familiar and usual on us, we should change that right away.


Here are some of the syndrome's most prominent characteristics:

  • Self-doubt

  • An inability to realistically assess your competence and skills

  • Attributing your success to external factors

  • Berating your performance

  • Fear that you won't live up to expectations

  • Overachieving 

  • Sabotaging your own success

  • Setting very challenging goals and feeling disappointed when you fall short