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Imposter Syndrome

December 22, 2017

 

Imposter Syndrome: The concept of individuals who are marked by an inability to internalise their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.

 

Many of us unknowingly struggle with Imposter Syndrome, especially when we have certain expectations that we feel must be met or are being set by others for us. In a working or social environment, Imposter Syndrome can be damaging to your self-confidence when you do not meet your expectations and begin to feel threatened that you’ll be exposed for what you believe the real ‘you’ is: someone that is not perfect, who doesn’t know as much as everyone thinks and constantly makes mistakes.

 

However, acknowledging that you make mistakes, you have slip-ups and you’re not perfect is healthy and helps you to come to terms with yourself – an imperfect human being, just like everyone else. This realisation will enable you to begin to acknowledge your successes and not define yourself by your lows and weaknesses. Don’t expect to have the answers to everything because nobody knows everything about anything. Stop looking back at your failures and letting them define who you are as a person in the present. Learn how to come to terms with your failures and let them improve you as a person.

 

If you ever find yourself struggling with Imposter Syndrome, try and remember that you are a skilled, successful human being who is constantly improving, who will always make mistakes and have downfalls but that is what makes you authentic.

 

“Embrace being perfectly imperfect. Learn from your mistakes and forgive yourself, you’ll be happier.” – Roy Bennett

 

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou

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