Imposter Syndrome: Meaning and How To Overcome

Imposter syndrome

Have you had an inner experience of not reaching up to standard when you have done it all? Well, it’s might be imposter syndrome.

Imposter syndrome (IS) refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. It is far different from inability.

For example, if people tell you, you are good at what you do and you are not confident about it, it is different from people not being impressed by what you do – that’s just inability or incompetence.

The problem with impostor syndrome is, the experience of doing well at something does nothing to change your beliefs.

You will always have doubts about everything you do. That you would even believe that luck brought you this far not your capability or capacity.


Imposter Syndrome Symptoms

Some of the common signs of imposter syndrome include:

  • Self-doubt (the “I can’t” voice in you)
  • An inability to realistically validate your competence and skills (fear).
  • Associating your achievement to external factors.
  • Denouncing your performance.
  • Fear that you won’t live up to expectations.
  • Undermining your success.
  • Setting very challenging goals and feeling disappointed when you fall short (unrealistic goals).

What Are Imposter Syndrome Types?

1. Perfectionists

These people have exceedingly high expectations in themselves, they don’t believe in mistakes.

If any mistake occurs, they begin to question their capability. They set high goals for themselves, no errors no mistakes.

2. Experts

This set of people feel the need to know every piece of information before they start a project and constantly look for new certifications or training to improve their skills.

They won’t apply for a job if they don’t meet all the criteria in the posting.

And they might be hesitant to ask a question in class or speak up in a meeting at work because they’re afraid of looking stupid if they don’t already know the answer.

They are the all-knowing being set of people mistaking imposter syndrome with knowledge.

3. Superheros

Because these individuals feel inadequate, they feel compelled to push themselves to work as hard as possible.

4. Geniuses

These individuals set excessively lofty goals for themselves, and then feel crushed when they don’t succeed on their first try.

5. Soloists

These people tend to be very individualistic and prefer to work alone.

Self-worth often stems from their productivity, so they often reject offers of assistance. They tend to see asking for help as a sign of weakness or incompetence.


How To Overcome Imposter Syndrome

  • Talk to others about your feelings.
  • Work with people, as you practice your skills, you will build confidence in cities.
  • Access yourself, Write down your accomplishments and what you are good at, and compare that with your self-assessment.
  • Take baby steps, someone said “life is a long marathon full of shorter races. Take baby steps, you won’t achieve everything in a day, you only get better.
  • Stop comparing yourself to others. They didn’t get better in a day, they kept on working, so should you.
  • Question your thoughts. What are those things you think about that make you less of yourself?
  • Refuse to let it hold you back. No matter how much you feel like you don’t belong, don’t let that stop you from pursuing your goals. Keep going and refuse to be stopped.

 

You are good, you just keep working. Have any questions about imposter syndrome, leave them in the comment section below.

 

Akinseinde Oluwasetemipe

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