The Imposter Syndrome

What Is Imposter Syndrome And How Can You Overcome It?

Are you highly skilled and accomplished yet struggling to internalize your success? Do you overwork yourself due to the fear of being exposed as a fraud or imposter? If so, then you might be experiencing Imposter Syndrome. Keep on reading for strategies on how to overcome these feelings and boost your confidence.
What is imposter syndrome?
Imposter syndrome refers to an inability to internalize one’s successes. According to Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin, a psychologist, executive coach, and author of Own Your Greatness: Overcome Impostor Syndrome, Beat Self-Doubt, and Succeed in Life, imposter syndrome is the experience of being skilled, accomplished, credentialed, and experienced but having not internalized it. As a result, one fears being exposed as a fraud for such things as making mistakes or falling short; to compensate for this feeling, one may either overwork or self-sabotage.

The results can be burnout, disconnection from goals and interests, or feeling stuck in your career. Additionally, people with imposter syndrome may micromanage those who report to them because they are worried their performance will reflect poorly on them. Those experiencing imposter syndrome may overwork for the sake of others, find it difficult to leverage key moments at work, and rate themselves lower than others would.

Dr. Lisa Orbé-Austin

My Pondering

Upon a quick reading and snipping this quote “Imposter Syndrome refers to an inability to internalize one’s successes.” 

Sorry, I don’t buy that as the essential problem regarding IS. Its more like the inconsistency and duplicity between what one says verse actually does, or thinks verse feels. It’s the conflict of discomfort for an extended period of time. It’s the gap between flawed perception and reality.

We all have to have some level of discomfort to grow but that’s good pain, like the soreness one feels the next day after a solid workout. But when one stays in a discomfort state for a long while, that leads to burnout. 

When you are uncomfortable because you are growing, that’s a good pain like exercise. When you are hurting  because of your extended Imposter Syndrome, that’s not a good pain.

One cause I surmise of the Imposter Syndrome occurs where ‘Everyone get a trophy’. It is fake confidence. It’s like when you get all the sweetness with zero calories. Sorry, when it’s too good to be true, it usually is.

The old saying, “Fake until you make it” is the essence of the Imposter Syndrome. 

I prefer, “Be it and you will see it”

After all, “It IS what it IS (the Imposter Syndrome being the differential between those two IS’s)

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