By Katherine Whitney
Imposter syndrome is a negative feeling that can create negativity in the workplace, constantly feeling like you cannot achieve a task due to lack of confidence and low self-esteem.
Even the most talented/well-accomplished people (who even have degrees), also suffer from the negative effects of imposter syndrome.
Why do people with imposter syndrome feel like frauds even though there is abundant evidence of their success?
Instead of acknowledging their capabilities as well as their efforts, they often attribute their accomplishments to external or transient causes, such as luck, good timing or effort they cannot regularly expend. Whether it’s an academic achievement or a career success. A person can struggle with pressure and personal expectations.
Causes of imposter syndrome
- Competitive environments
- Childhood pressure
- Past judgement
Research suggests around 25-30% of high achievers may suffer from imposter syndrome, and around 70% of adults may experience imposter syndrome at least once in their lifetime.
Overcoming imposter syndrome
- Stay focused on your achievements and stop comparing yourself to others, everyone is different, there will be people better than you, but you’ll also be better than others!
- Stop putting so much pressure on yourself
Remember that everyone makes mistakes, if you make a mistake remember that you will learn from it.
- Start saying “I can do this “
- Take every challenge one step at a time