Monday, January 13, 2020
What to Do If You Have Imposter's Syndrome
No matter how successful you may be in your career, it's not unusual to feel like an imposter.
"Imposter syndrome" is a real thing, and I've met many (very successful) people who have it.
According to Harvard Business Review, imposter syndrome "can be defined as a collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success."
Those who suffer from this condition have such chronic self-doubt that they see themselves as intellectual frauds, failing to enjoy their successes or external proof of their competence and accomplishments. It's not that they have low self-esteem or self-confidence -- they just have this driving perfectionism (especially true for women and academics) that makes them focus on how they don't deserve their success.
While imposter's syndrome may find it roots in childhood family dynamics, the end result is someone who feels like a fake, like he or she absolutely cannot fail. Such people attribute their success to luck -- or contend that their success is really no big deal.
Dr. Valerie Young, a recognized expert on imposter syndrome, says there are ways to deal with the issue: