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Are you an Imposter?

The term “Imposter Syndrome” was coined in the late 1970s by psychologist to describe high achieving individuals who have difficulty accepting their success. These individuals generally dismiss, minimize or discount their success as luck, coincidence or a fluke.  They believe they are not deserving of their accomplishments, and live with self-doubt and the fear that they will be uncovered as the inadequate frauds they view themselves.

Research suggest that two out of five successful people consider themselves frauds, and that at least 70% of all people feel like an impostor at some point in their lifetime.  Although this phenomenon occurs in both men and women, it is especially common among women and people of color, given the perceptions and attributions frequently associated with their success.

Although the imposter syndrome is not an emotional disorder, therapy can be helpful with it. Therapy can help with increased self-awareness and self-confidence. It can also help identify any triggers or areas of strong self-doubt. Group therapy or a support group provides the opportunity to acknowledge and discuss the self-doubt and fear with others, which can be a relief.  Talking about it with others helps decrease feeling of loneliness about it, affirm the self, and lessens the burden of such beliefs.   Most people who experience the imposter syndrome are not aware that many others feel just as inadequate.  Other strategies for managing it include listing accomplishments, acknowledging positive feedback and successes, and a good support system that provides realistic feedback and support.

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