Imposter Syndrome – Do You Feel a Fraud?
You might not be familiar with the term “Imposter Syndrome” but many people have experienced the symptoms. It’s a term used to describe unfounded but strong feelings of self doubt. It’s characterised by the feeling that other people have an inflated idea of your abilities or skill and a fear that you’ll eventually be found out or uncovered as a fraud.
Signs of Imposter Syndrome include the attribution of your success to external factors such as timing and luck, the fear of being ‘found out’ and a disbelief in your own abilities.
Many famous names have spoken about their experiences of Imposter Syndrome including Kate Winslet, Tina Fey and Tom Hanks. It’s extremely common in people in positions of success or power and can prevent them from fully enjoying their own achievements. Those who are given some kind of special opportunity often suffer from these feeling as they believe they were given an unfair opportunity that others weren’t and consequently don’t deserve their success.
Steps to Overcome Imposter Syndrome:
Accept your role in your success – even if you’ve received some kind of help or a good start in life there are many people who couldn’t have taken advantage of the opportunity. You HAVE played a role in your success.
Help others – try not to focus on yourself too much. Instead of worrying about your own weaknesses, focus on helping someone else.
Remember praise – remember the times when you’ve helped people and go back over them when you feel low or insecure.
Stop comparing yourself to that person – it’s easy to fall into the trap of focusing on the achievements of others. Don’t let anyone else make you feel less than you truly are.
Separate failure and falseness – just because you make a mistake or fail doesn’t make you a fake. Remember everyone makes mistakes, it doesn’t mean you’re not a contender.
Accept you can’t know everything – you can be considered an expert without knowing absolutely everything. Share what you do know and you’ll realise that nobody else knows everything either. Once we have mastered a skill sometimes it becomes so second nature to us that we forget the effort we put in to get to this stage.
Trust others – It doesn’t matter if you feel like you don’t really know what you’re doing or you don’t deserve success. If your actions earn you praise or success then who are you to tell people they’re wrong?
Treatment for Imposter Syndrome
Whilst all of the above are good starting points to combat Imposter Syndrome, this is a deeply ingrained thought pattern usually powered by subconscious beliefs that aren’t easy to reverse. If you need help, advanced hypnotherapy is an effective and safe treatment to combat Imposter Syndrome or feelings of self doubt.
With my help you can release the tension caused my Imposter Syndrome. I’ll help you develop a new respect for yourself and your skills, develop a more realistic view of your own accomplishments and enable you to feel more comfortable receiving criticism or praise. Hypnotherapy will help you to tackle self doubt and accept all your strengths and weaknesses and become comfortable in your position and with yourself.