Life Resolutions-What is Imposter Syndrome, and do you have it?

Imposter syndrome is a feeling that one does not deserve the success they have achieved in life. It can mean feeling like you didn’t truly earn your career accomplishments, that you’re not a good partner or friend, or any praise you receive is undeserved.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome is the experience of feeling as though you are an imposter in your own life. People with imposter syndrome often experience distress and feelings of low-self worth, and although it isn’t a diagnosable health condition, it often exists alongside mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.

Imposter syndrome can affect anyone, in any area of their life, although it particularly affects people who are highly accomplished in their careers or have what they feel is a great fortune in their personal lives.

How do I know if I am Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?

Imposter Syndrome can manifest in many different ways, but there are some common traits that individuals may exhibit.

Fear of Failing– you may stick to things you know you can do and avoid new or challenging experiences because of a crippling fear that you won’t do well enough.

Being a Perfectionist — you might tend to always focus on the negatives in your life or work instead of seeing the positives that others see.

Overworking and Over-Committing– you may be someone who often finds themselves having ‘too much on their plate’ and too little time to do it.

Undermining– you might often speak about negatively about yourself, or engage in negative self-talk.

Unable to Accept Compliments– when people offer you praise, you might be someone who finds it more natural to reject it or assume the person complimenting you doesn’t really mean it.

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome with Life Resolutions

Imposter Syndrome is a challenging issue to live with, but fortunately, it isn’t impossible to fix. Imposter Syndrome can be tackled through building up one’s self-confidence through rewiring the brain to see positives rather than negatives.

As Imposter Syndrome often presents alongside other conditions such as depression and anxiety, we strongly recommend people experiencing these feeling of low self-worth reflect on them with the help of mental health professional. A professional can work with you on strategies to overcome these feelings of poor self-esteem and self-doubt.

The Life Resolutions Clinic

The team at LifeResolutions are passionate and experienced mental health professionals and are always happy to offer services to help those facing the issues associated with Imposter Syndrome.

Due to the current stage-four restrictions affecting Melbourne, our Life Resolutions clinics are offering Telehealth sessions as well as face-to-face sessions. Telehealth allows us to continue providing services to both new and existing clients.

If you would like to learn more about Life Resolutions or feel you would benefit from talking to our principle psychologist, Mary Magalotti or our CEO and founder, Jodie Brenton, please contact us here. You can also head to the Life Resolutions website to discover more about Jodie Brenton, Mary Magalotti life resolutions and they work they do at Life Resolutions.

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