Impostor syndrome explained

No, impostor syndrome isn’t some weird science fiction-style disease where a person believes they’re someone else, it’s actually something a little more frightening because it can happen to anyone. It’s a psychological phenomenon in which people are unable to accept their accomplishments at work.
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This is a problem that’s affecting lots of people in the work place and it’s something that needs better understanding. People with the syndrome believe that they are frauds who don’t deserve the success they’ve achieve. No matter how others try to convince them that they are worthy, people with imposter syndrome don’t believe them. Any proof of success is dismissed as luck or timing and those afflicted by this disease believe that others are smarter and more deserving of success.


Thankfully the symptoms of this syndrome can be improved with a course of coherence therapy. Basically this form of therapy seeks to teach the suffer that he or she should not practice self-depreciation by getting them to unlearn fundamental lessons stored in the sublimbic, right-hemisphere of the brain, which is an emotion processing area. With effective treatment most suffers can begin to understand that their self-depreciation doesn’t match their core emotional understanding.

Self help

You’ll need a trusted friend or colleague’s help with this process but there are a few things you can do for yourself. To begin with look at your work habits. Are you working hard to prove to yourself that you’re worthy or because that’s what the job demands? Figuring this out and coming to a realisation is the first step along the path towards a better future in the work place. The other important thing to do is to speak to a trusted colleague or friend rather than internalise your fears. This way you will not be suffering in silence which is the one of the ways that this syndrome develops.

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