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  • Writer's pictureJulia Koroleva

Imposter Syndrome: That Nagging Feeling You're Not Good Enough

Ever felt like a fraud, even when you've achieved success? Like you're just waiting to be "found out"? If so, you're not alone. This is called imposter syndrome, and it affects a surprising number of people, even high achievers.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter syndrome is the persistent belief that you're incompetent or undeserving of your achievements, despite external evidence to the contrary. It's that nagging voice in your head that tells you:

  • You're not as smart or talented as others think.

  • Your successes are due to luck or timing, not your own abilities.

  • It's only a matter of time before everyone realizes you're a fraud.

Who Experiences Imposter Syndrome?

Anyone can experience imposter syndrome, regardless of their background, achievements, or career level. It's often more prevalent in high-achieving individuals, perfectionists, and those who have experienced significant life transitions.

What Causes Imposter Syndrome?

Several factors can contribute to imposter syndrome:

  • Upbringing: Messages received in childhood about needing to be perfect or achieve certain standards.

  • Comparison to Others: Focusing on others' strengths and minimizing your own accomplishments.

  • Internalized Societal Expectations: Feeling pressure to conform to unrealistic ideals of success.

  • Fear of Failure: Believing that mistakes or setbacks are evidence of your incompetence.

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome

  • Recognize and Acknowledge: The first step is to identify the signs of imposter syndrome and acknowledge that it's a common experience.

  • Challenge Negative Thoughts: When those self-doubting thoughts arise, challenge them with evidence of your competence and achievements.

  • Focus on Your Strengths: Make a list of your skills, accomplishments, and positive qualities.

  • Talk to Someone: Share your feelings with a trusted friend, family member, therapist, or career coach.

  • Celebrate Your Successes: Don't downplay your achievements. Acknowledge your hard work and celebrate your wins.

Remember, imposter syndrome is a feeling, not a fact. With self-awareness, self-compassion, and the right tools, you can overcome it and embrace your true potential.

At New Horizons Therapy NY, we understand the challenges of imposter syndrome. Our therapists can help you identify the root causes, develop coping strategies, and build the confidence to own your successes.

If you're struggling with imposter syndrome, don't hesitate to reach out for support.

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