A lot of people contacted me when they read my first post on imposter syndrome and said “that is SO me!”
If you answer yes to some, most or all of the following questions, I would bet that, to some extent, you too are suffering from imposter syndrome.
1. Do you set yourself impossibly high standards? In other words, are you a perfectionist? Do you beat yourself up when you think you are not meeting your standards?
2. Do you ever worry that one day people will realise that you aren’t all that good at what you do, that they will discover you are just faking it and are, in fact, a fraud? That you will be found out, even though you haven’t done anything wrong?
3. Do you put your successes and achievements down to luck or support from others?
4. When you have been offered a job or a promotion, or a place at university, have you wondered how on earth that happened?
5. Do you believe that however much you do, it won’t be enough?
6. Do you ever think that people who praise you, or compliment you, are kidding themselves?
7. Do you ever find yourself thinking that you don’t deserve your job, your friends, your exam results? Does the thought “I’m not worthy” creep into your mind on a regular basis?
8. Do you worry that you find things too easy sometimes? That there’s something you haven’t quite understood?
If this is you, I would like to reassure you that you are not alone. I promise you, you are not alone. In fact, you are in great company. Maya Angelou, Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, Jodie Foster, Meryl Streep, Sheryl Sandberg have been there or are there too. They are all pretty awesome women, right? You wouldn’t believe they would have an ounce of self-doubt. But they do.
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