what exactly is Imposter Syndrome

Can we talk about impostor syndrome which is a challenge many people especially women faces through in their careers.

But what is it exactly?⁠

Imposter Syndrome refers to an internal experience of believing that you are not as competent as others perceive you to be. ⁠

To put it simply, imposter syndrome is the experience of feeling like a phony—you feel as though at any moment you are going to be found out as a fraud—like you don’t belong where you are, and you only got there through dumb luck. It can affect anyone no matter their social status, work background, skill level, or degree of expertise.⁠

Imposter syndrome can appear in a number of different ways. Here are a few of the most common traits:⁠

We have the perfectionists are never satisfied and always feel that their work could be better. Rather than focus on their strengths, they tend to fixate on any flaws or mistakes. This often tends to lead to a great deal of self-pressure and high amounts of anxiety.⁠

Then the superhero who generally tend to feel inadequate and therefore turn to  feel compelled to push themselves to work as hard as possible. ⁠

and then we have the expert who always try to learn more and are never satisfied with their level of understanding. They have never-ending for knowledge and understanding in relation to their fields of endeavors and even though they are often highly skilled yet they underrate their own expertise.⁠

The natural genius are these individuals that set excessively lofty goals for themselves, and then feel crushed when they don’t succeed on their first try.⁠

The soloist just like the name are very individualistic and prefer to work alone. Self-worth often stems from their productivity, so they often reject offers of assistance even when they need it and are relentant to ask for assistance as to them they tend to see asking for help as a sign of weakness or incompetence. ⁠

If imposter Syndrome is impacting you, see if you can identify yourself in any of these character traits?⁠

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