How Do You Overcome Impostor Syndrome?
“Impostor syndrome” is a term used by clinical psychologists when referring to high-achieving individuals who are unable to internalize their accomplishments and have a persistent fear of being exposed as frauds. A quick Google search reveals that up to 82% of high achieving professionals suffer from this psychological phenomenon, which affects their confidence and fulfillment at work. The encouraging news is that there are ways that impostor syndrome can be overcome.
Neither career professionals nor their clients are immune to occasionally feeling like a “charlatan.” In fact, 90% of career development professionals who attended a Canada Career Month event hosted by Career Professionals of Canada admitted to experiencing impostor syndrome at one time or another.
- You may compare yourself to colleagues who somehow seem “smarter” than you.
- You may feel like you are not qualified in some way to do the work you do.
- You may feel like a “phony” or a “fraud.”
- You might imagine that you are “going to be found out.”
Impostor syndrome can threaten a person’s self-confidence. Here are some strategies for overcoming this challenging syndrome:
Impostor Syndrome: Talking about our shared secret | Maryam Pasha | TEDxUCLWomen (9:23 minutes)
Don’t Let the Impostor Syndrome Cramp Your Career Style | Caroline Dowd-Higgins | IUAA Videos (1:39 minutes)
The Surprising Solution to the Impostor Syndrome | Lou Solomon | TEDxCharlotte (21 minutes)
Overcoming Impostor Syndrome | South Central Regional Library Council (36:19 minutes)
Overcoming the Impostor Syndrome | University of Georgia Atlanta Career Center | Hallie Crawford (54:40 minutes)
Consider these questions and add to the discussion in the comments below.
- What can we do to help clients who feel they have impostor syndrome?
- How can we provide better emotional support to clients?
- How can we help alleviate stress, anxiety, panic?