Feel like a Fraud? It might be The Impostor Syndrome [VIDEO]
Do you ever feel like a fraud? Like at any moment some one might “find out” you’re not qualified to be where you are?
Unless you’re living a Catch Me If You Can-type Frank Abagnale life, you’re probably experiencing an all-too-common phenomenon called The Imposter Syndrome.
I first came across the phrase in Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In in 2013, but psychological research has picked up on the affliction since the 1970’s.
At it’s core, the Impostor Syndrome stems from having difficulty internalizing – or taking credit for – your successes. This manifests most often in anxiety – an all-encompassing fear of being found lacking or not worthy.
Those with The Impostor Syndrome might credit external variables for their successes – things like being lucky, in the right place at the right time, or well-connected.
Minority groups may be especially susceptible, according to a 2013 study by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.
The Impostor Syndrome can lead to overwork, burnout, and even depression. And it appears to afflict women more often than men.
In one internal study conducted at HP, women were found to apply for a promotion when they met 100% of the qualifications listed, whereas men were likely to do so with only 60%.
This isn’t women’s problem, however. It has to do with our broader cultural socialization – how women have been quietly reminded throughout our lives to dim our light – to not have too much pride or confidence, or we risk offending others.
In today’s video I outline three ways to kick the Impostor Syndrome to the curb, and to start taking credit for our achievement as a way to own our power and know our worth.
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