What’s behind the imposter syndrome?

What’s behind the imposter syndrome? - Careers by Design

Do you attribute your success to others rather than yourself?

… Shirin Khamisa, a Toronto career coach who works with executives and mid-career professionals, says that about 20% of her clients have some difficulty dealing with high expectations and feeling accomplished, but she would consider only 2% or 3% to be impostor syndrome sufferers. It’s a dangerous condition, because the self-effacing behaviour such feelings often produce can sabotage people’s careers. “They sell themselves short,” she says, and over the years, that attitude can hold talented people back. “You have to be your own best advocate in order to move up and grow. When your belief system doesn’t align with your performance, it can make [impostors] risk-averse.”

The first step toward overcoming the problem is recognizing it, says Khamisa, which can be a challenge for sufferers not ready to be introspective. One simple exercise she uses in such cases is to have the person make a daily list of three things they did successfully. She finds that even people who don’t identify as impostors can feel defensive and have trouble coming up with tasks they accomplished well. “But as they keep searching for that evidence, their perspective starts to change,” she says. …

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