• Leila Ainge

Do you feel like a fraud?

Known as intellectual Self Doubt; imposter syndrome can leave us feeling like we are frauds, failures or not good enough.

Fear of success, fear or failure, and self sabotage are all associated with imposter syndrome. At it's worst, you may have constant fear of being exposed as a fraud or being rejected by someone or something, milder forms may be feeling inadequate in a situation, a temporary situation for example where you are out of your comfort zone.

In this weeks Pavilion Ponder I'm introducing the 5 types of imposter syndrome identified by Valerie Young, and why understanding these may be the key to unlocking your fear.

8 ways to think about and deal with imposter syndrome

  1. Watch the video and get to know the types of imposter syndrome, typical signs might be that you find it hard to accept good feedback or praise, or maybe you are unable to do a task you are more than capable of through fear. This weeks Pavilion Ponder talks about the 5 types

  2. Talk with someone you trust about how you are feeling, chances are they have experienced imposter syndrome at some point too! it's thought it will impact up to 70% of us at some point in our life

  3. Take the IP test devised by Pauline Rose Clance, and discuss the results with your mentor, manager or coach

  4. Aim for good enough, perfectionism is a high standard that can be used sometimes instead of all of the time. It is impossibly unrealistic to expect perfect 100% of the time.

  5. Use past experiences to create positive affirmations. For example, 'I am flexible and open to new experiences' or 'I am unique in my talents and abilities'

  6. Recognise that your feelings are valid, but not always fact! You might feel like a failure, but your previous successes will tell a very different story.

  7. Think about the positives in a sutuation, one of the traps of perfectionism, one of the 5 types, is the tendancy to think about what is wrong, and give that more importance than what is positive or going well.

  8. Get a different perspective; going it alone, taking on too much or striving for a personal perfection are symptons exhbited by the types of imposter syndrome. Try bringing someone else into your problem or project, what do they see? are your feelings fact?

For more information about Valerie Young and the 5 types head to her website

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