Imposter syndrome is something that around 70% of people experience at some point in their lives. If you have ever thought or said “I’m a fraud” or “I’m not good enough”, you could have imposter syndrome. 

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Many people experience imposter syndrome when they start a new job, for example. Did you know that your achievements and abilities make no difference to imposter syndrome? Even CEOs, doctors, actors, and those who have achieved so much can have this syndrome. 

The Difference Between Self-doubt and Imposter Syndrome 

Everyone experiences self-doubt from time to time. However, the key difference between self-doubt and imposter syndrome is the frequency at which it is experienced. 

A lot of people feel like an imposter at some time in their lives. This can be evident when they’re having a job interview, a blind date, or speaking in public. 

Self-doubt usually appears during our teenage years. If you feel anxious, you should ask yourself if it is appropriate, ongoing, or temporary. 

Symptoms of Imposter Syndrome 

There is no official diagnosis of imposter syndrome. However, there are some common indicators:

  • Imposter syndrome is often associated with social anxiety disorder and generalised anxiety disorder
  • You constantly think you’re going to be discovered as a fraud, regardless of how successful you are
  • If you achieve success you might consider it to be a fluke or mere good fortune
  • You want authority figures to validate you and you give them the power to determine whether you’re successful 
  • You have a lot of self-doubt, in fact, it characterises your whole life 

The Causes of Imposter Syndrome 

Imposter syndrome could be the result of a number of factors. These can include your family background, personality traits, and not having much support. 

What to do if you Have Imposter Syndrome 

There isn’t a single, effective treatment plan for anyone who suffers from this syndrome. However, they can:

  • Question themselves – Each time you have a negative thought, ask yourself if it is accurate
  • Embrace your successes – Celebrate every success, even if it’s small
  • Be compassionate to yourself – Use mindfulness to help you reflect on how you are feeling
  • Talk to someone – Talk with someone you can trust about how you feel. Speak to a doctor, Barlby mental health therapist or friend. Another perspective can help you
  • Examine your feelings and thoughts – Examine why you have certain feelings and thoughts, and if your beliefs are valid. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk