Do you have repeated thoughts you haven’t rightfully gained your job or an award? Do you fear being outed or exposed for not being as talented or enough in your career?
Impostor syndrome is a habitual thought pattern, according to PsychCentral, and may stem from your family background. Impostor syndrome can bring on feelings of chronic self-doubt and even a lack of celebration of their achievements.
Where Does Impostor Syndrome Come From?
Impostor syndrome can come from receiving praise or acknowledgment for something you didn’t deserve, which can directly influence your thoughts and feelings of being a phony. Impostor syndrome can hinder your self-esteem and even keep you from trying new activities in life. If you frequently battle feelings where you don’t deserve recognition for a job well done, then you could be living with it. Many individuals are known to have this syndrome without realizing it.
Five Reasons You May Battle Impostor Syndrome
There are five common reasons why you may be battling impostor syndrome, such as:
- You may have received praise or recognition for something that you did not deserve, such as a blue ribbon for a project when you know you did not do your best.
- You may have been praised for being good in a skill that you actually were not good at just so you would not be left out.
- You may have never received any type of positive reinforcement for a job well done even though you worked to your best ability.
- You may not feel deserving of something of value because you were told you were not good enough or should have done better regardless of how much effort you put forth.
- Did your family assign you a label such as “the sporty one” or “the smart one” without recognizing other areas you excelled at?
These labels or ingrained life lessons could cause you to grow into an adult that suffers from impostor syndrome.
Once you can relate to one or more of these life experiences, you can change your own life. For example, if they labeled you the “smart one” of your family, then you could begin by recognizing a job well done in another area of your life. Perhaps trying out for a sports team or taking part in a community event can be the beginning of self-recognition and the shedding of your impostor syndrome feelings.
Take time to recognize your own achievements, as this can build your self-esteem and help you shed that label.
To Your Success,