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Do you suffer from impostor syndrome?

Do you suffer from impostor syndrome?

We live in a highly competitive society. In the work place, more than ever we're in contact with a huge number of highly-qualified people that accomplished a lot in their lives. Many people don't feel up to these comparisons and end up feeling like a fraud. Not many know that this phenomenon is called the impostor syndrome.

What is the impostor syndrome?

Who suffers from impostor syndrome feels that everything they have accomplished, from work achievements to relationships, were a pure coincidence and are not to be attributed to their value. Basically, they think they don't deserve anything they've got. They feel like they're a fraud, and that soon everyone will realize they're not as talented as they seem, and they will lose everything.

The root of the impostor syndrome is insecurity. It's important to specify that almost everyone feels insecure at some point in their lives, and it's totally normal. Nonetheless, with impostor syndrome, the insecurity is strong and persistent, it stays and it taints every achievement.

Many people suffer from this syndrome, especially women. Most of them in the work and creative field (it affects many artists). Researches highlighted that most people in a work place had thought at least once that they were a fraud. Even famous people, like Michelle Obama, Natalie Portman, Emma Watson, and many more, admitted of suffering from impostor syndrome.

How to overcome impostor syndrome?

The most important thing you can do is to reconsider the concept of personal value and understand that, as people, we are worthy, and we deserve our achievements. Being aware of the problem is a good way to start managing impostor syndrome.

Working on self-esteem is an important step for personal growth, and we advise considering starting psychological therapy, that is the best ally for our emotional well-being.

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