Learning to Avoid Impostor Syndrome

There’s a phenomenon known as “impostor syndrome,” which “…is a psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their skills, talents, or accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a ‘fraud’.” It’s a mental insecurity that despite external evidence of competence, a person experiences a feeling that they do not deserve what they have achieved and believe they’re deceiving others into thinking they are more than what they really are.

Most people have a critical voice inside our heads, but usually it’s a reasonable check that keeps us from becoming overly confident or egotistical. Those negative whispers that come creeping in when you’re in a particularly stressful, unfamiliar, or difficult situation — those are not uncommon from time to time. For some people, that critical voice can be dealt with pretty effectively. All it takes is a few positive affirmations or an acknowledgement of one’s own skills to drown out any looming negativity.

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