Know How to Identify This and Get Beyond It
There can be something almost shameful in admitting to having imposter syndrome.
Maybe that has a bit to to with its origins. Professor Pauline Clance and psychologist Suzanne Imes at Georgia State University came up with the idea in 1978 when studying high-achieving women. They posited that these successful professionals had a hard time internalizing their success.
For a long time, this seemed to be a “woman’s issue.” The truth is that 70% of people (of all sexes) report experiencing imposter syndrome.
Here’s a closer look at the neuroscience behind this and what we can do about it.
- Be aware of your emotions and what’s happening in your body, so you can identify imposter syndrome faster
- Remind yourself of a similar situation where you were successful
- Visualize the best possible outcome, drill down to the details, and then repeat (a lot)