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  • I describe impostor syndrome as having three elements to it.

  • The first is the belief that other people have an inflated view

  • of your own abilities or skills -

  • a far more inflated view than you have of yourself.

  • The second factor is that you have this intense fear

  • that you'll be found out and exposed as a fake.

  • And the third element

  • is that you constantly attribute your success, that you do recognise,

  • to other factors outside of your own abilities or talent.

  • Impostor syndrome can feel like a dissonance or a disconnect.

  • But if you have it a lot and you're constantly feeling that way,

  • then the disconnect between what you see as yourself

  • and your public view just grows bigger

  • and you feel fake and you feel an impostor.

  • Impostor syndrome is something that affects so many of us

  • that actually to call it a syndrome is probably a little bit inaccurate,

  • because that suggests it's kind of a mental health condition

  • or there's something wrong with us. But when it's 70% of us,

  • it's probably more likely to be something

  • that is almost normal really.

  • You can't have impostor syndrome without being successful.

  • You've got people like Tom Hanks who you'd think,

  • well they've made it, they must be confident in their abilities.

  • "No matter who we are, no matter what we've done,

  • there comes a point where you think, 'How did I get here

  • and am I going to be able to continue this?

  • When are they going to discover that I am in fact a fraud,

  • and take everything away from me?'"

  • I think a little bit of self-doubt is very good for self-development.

  • The impostor syndrome people are the ones double-checking their work,

  • working really hard, trying to get everything right,

  • never satisfied, always looking for more training opportunities

  • and more learning opportunities.

  • And those are all potentially good things.

  • There are a number of factors from childhood

  • that may contribute to impostor syndrome.

  • When children are put on a pedestal,

  • that's a very, very difficult premise to live up to,

  • and that can help make you feel an impostor,

  • because if you're not perfect,

  • then you're not the golden child that they think you are.

  • The term impostor syndrome was first coined in 1978

  • by Pauline Clance and Suzanne Imes

  • in a paper that they entitled,

  • Impostor Phenomenon in High Achieving Women.

  • So it was originally something that was thought to only affect women.

  • When we talk about impostor syndrome in the workplace,

  • I see that as the same for men and women,

  • but I do see a lot of men who don't think they're man enough.

  • Social media has a huge role to play in impostor syndrome.

  • We can see everybody else's successful lives.

  • The more we present our best self to the world,

  • the more other people will develop impostor syndrome

  • because they're never going to measure up.

  • I've had people who have wanted to give up their high-flying jobs

  • because they fear so much being found out,

  • that they would rather give it up

  • and hand in their notice - even though objectively they're not fake

  • and objectively they are successful.

  • If you think that you're suffering from impostor syndrome,

  • actually look objectively at your successes.

  • Write down the things that you are successful at

  • and then look at all the reasons why

  • you might have achieved that success.

  • Assign percentage scores to how much you think that factor

  • contributed to that achievement.

  • You can mistakenly attribute all of it to luck,

  • but when you put it down on paper,

  • you'll realise how ridiculous that is.

  • So it's a bit of a reality check,

  • and it makes you stop and acknowledge your successes.

  • Impostors feel that they can't accept anything that's less than perfect.

  • Learn to make mistakes and to accept failure.

  • You don't have to be brilliant all the time.

  • But you can be good enough.

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I describe impostor syndrome as having three elements to it.

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