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Imposter Syndrome

What is Imposter Syndrome?


Imposter Syndrome is feeling like you’re unqualified or unworthy of your position.


When an individual suffers from Imposter Syndrome, they struggle to accept the fact that they’re in the position they occupy because of their hard work. This false narrative leads to the person repeatedly doubting their skills and accomplishments. Unfortunately, Imposter Syndrome disproportionately affects women and minorities- often as a direct result of discrimination and/or harassment in the workplace.


Causes:

  • Being the only woman or minority in a particular group, in turn, feeling like an outsider.

  • Entering a new role (job position, new school, starting college)


Signs:

  • Self-doubt

  • Giving external factors credit for your success

  • Feeling like you don’t belong.

  • A lingering fear that you won’t live up to expectations.


How to combat Imposter Syndrome:

  • Talk or write about your experience!

  • List your accomplishments and positive feedback!

  • Remind yourself of your journey and how you reached where you are today.

  • If something fails, don’t be too hard on yourself. Learn from your mistakes and brainstorm how you can improve next time.




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