ImposterSyndrome is characterised by feelings of self-doubt, a lack of self-worth and low self-esteem. Although everyone experiences these emotions at some point, for those with Imposter Syndrome, they can become crippling and impact one’s study, work and life.

What is Imposter Syndrome?

People with Imposter Syndrome can’t shake the feeling that they have somehow tricked or deceived the people around them to get to where they are in life.People experiencing these difficult emotions are encouraged to seek help from a mental health professional to assist them to work through why they feel this way, especially since Imposter Syndrome is often connected to other conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

How do I know if I am Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?

Although Imposter Syndrome presents in many different ways, some thought patterns are common in those coping with this challenging condition.

  1. Fear of Failure – you might find yourself avoiding new experiences, even if you feel you might enjoy them, because you’re worried you will be perceived as incompetent by those around you. You may tend to only take on new things if you’re sure you’ll be good at them.
  2. Being a Perfectionist – another common issue associated with Imposter Syndrome is the feeling that everything must be ‘perfect’. You may get increasingly frustrated with yourself if you don’t understand something immediately or can’t reach a difficult goal right away.
  3. Overburdening Yourself – are you someone who feels they always have to accept every task in the office while still doing it all at home? This is a common trait of those experiencing Imposter Syndrome, especially if you find yourself taking on more work than anyone could reasonably handle.
  4. Self-Doubt and Deprecation – those with Imposter Syndrome are often severely critical of themselves and have trouble seeing their own successes and accomplishments. Others might tell you that you’ve done a great job, but if you have Imposter Syndrome, you’ll likely to think you merely tricked them into believing it.
  5. Unable to AcceptPraise – if you’re someone whose first response to a compliment is always to downplay or even outright reject it, that could be a symptom of Imposter Syndrome. You might even tend to assume you’re simply being lied to, or that the person praising you is ‘just being nice’.

How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome with Life Resolutions

Many people with Imposter Syndrome can easily identify their own flaws but are likely to believe these are genuine faults rather than a distorted pattern of thought.

It might help to spend some time reflecting on whether these thoughts are accurate perceptions of yourself and the world around you, or are instead coming from underlying feelings of low self-esteem and self-doubt. Because Imposter Syndrome itself is so often a symptomof a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety, we recommend you work through these feelings with a mental health professional.

The Life Resolutions Clinic

The team at Life Resolutions are experienced and compassionate mental health professionals that are always happy to assist new clients overcome problems with low self-esteem and any other concurrent mental health issues.

Due to the current stage four restrictions in Melbourne, our Life Resolutions clinics are offering Telehealthas well as face to face sessions for both new and existing clients. Telehealth allows us to continue to provide you with mental health support and coping strategies from the comfort of your own home, at a time convenient for you.

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If you think you would benefit from the services offered by Life Resolutions,please speak to our principal psychologist, Mary Magalotti or our CEO and founder,Jodie Brenton, by contacting us here.You are also welcome tocheck out the Life Resolutions website to learn more about the work ofJodie Brentonand Mary Magalotti