What if my colleagues find out that I am not good at my job?, What if I really do not deserve my job in the first place? What if I don’t have what it takes to run a business and I am just acting the part? These are only some of the thoughts that can seep into a person’s head when they are suffering from impostor syndrome.
Imposter Syndrome: collection of feelings of inadequacy that persist despite evident success.
Impostor Syndrome can damage an individual’s mental health, self-esteem, and work performance. This syndrome can affect men and women but has been found to be more common in women. Research has found that impostor syndrome affects individuals from numerous professions such as in business, managers, the medical field, and students.
However, there is hope for anyone who suffers from imposter syndrome. It has been shown through research that therapy can help individuals suffering from impostor syndrome.
Therapy can help you change the narrative of your negative beliefs of yourself
Therapy will help you explore the root of imposter syndrome and examining insecurities
My favorite tool I use as a therapist is to guide my clients while journaling their accomplishments in a meaningful way. Our “Write To Heal” event will cover written expression to help combat mental barriers.
There is no shame in asking for help if you are suffering from imposter syndrome. Also, you are not alone. Famous individuals like actress, Lupita Nyong'o, Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz, and Facebook COO, Sherry Sandberg, have all felt as though they were imposters in their fields.
Can you imagine if they decided to allow the imposter syndrome stop their destiny? There are so many people who are battling these insecurities, feel trapped and simply stick with what they know. By ignoring the harmful effects of imposter syndrome, you are saying no to your gifts and possibly being selfish because there is someone out there who can learn from you, needs your help, or is seeking motivation. Therefore, today is the day that your imposter syndrome will no longer have a voice.
Learn how to combat Imposter Syndrome at an event I’m hosting “Writing To Heal.” Get tickets here.