How to Deal with Imposter Syndrome

Imposter SyndromeImposter Syndrome can be that sinking thought when even good things are happening. You start thinking: “How is this my moment to shine when I know there are so many other talented people?” Thinking that it is all an act.
            …Take a deep breath…
These are examples of the mind-numbing and suffocating thoughts that can come from suffering from Imposter Syndrome. Imposter Syndrome is something that college graduates especially suffer from. It can be hard to leave the world of academia defined by good grades into a working world, which may rely more on work ethic.

Similar to anxiety, Imposter Syndrome lies to you. It tells us we are not good enough and that we are fake.

Remember that in life everyone’s journey is different. Do not compare your journey to others.

People who suffer from imposter syndrome believe everything they have worked for is something they have just got by doing, or they have just got lucky. This thought process can be attributed, in a person’s head, to grades, awards, scholarships, and internship opportunities. Imposter syndrome can make a person believe everything they are working for is just a ruse. Remember that everyone’s journey is different, and you are deserving of all your accomplishments.

Celebrate your accomplishments.

This can be especially stressful for students transitioning into the saturated job field or for anyone changing jobs. Sometimes getting a job takes luck, and usually, getting a job takes multiple applications and interviews. It can be straining on a person to not be getting responses back from a job, which can help lead to imposter syndrome. Celebrate your small wins, your small accomplishments so when you achieve that big one it doesn’t feel so overwhelming.

It is important to remember you worked for your degree whether you use it or not. It still matters.

When applying for a job, it may be hard to imagine what a normal workday for that job entails. Many people who suffer from imposter syndrome downplay their abilities; therefore, they suffer through job interviews because the imposter syndrome disables them from speaking highly about their capabilities. In a person’s mind with imposter syndrome, they have no capabilities, or their capabilities are not as good as others in the field.

Further, this can affect the job application process because people with imposter syndrome feel unqualified, so it is hard for those people to apply for certain positions possibly even to further their careers. Imposter syndrome stops people from taking a leap of faith because the syndrome can be debilitating. Therefore, it can also stop employees from asking for raises or putting their foot down with the correct way they should be treated as a worker.

Be your biggest cheerleader

Imposter syndrome can make a person feel like a fraud. Therefore, imposter syndrome can affect a person’s mental health. Imposter syndrome may lead to depression and anxiety. We downplay our accomplishments and achievements and feel inadequate. Imposter syndrome becomes a spiral because it can affect so many various aspects of a person’s life. Ultimately, nobody will care about your dreams as much as you do, so you have to have faith in yourself and your abilities.

Just because someone makes something look easy does not mean it IS easy.

Imposter syndrome can be mentally draining, but it is important to focus on ourselves and the positive things we have in life. It is also important to stop comparing yourself to others. If you work hard and your effort is in whatever you are doing, then it is important to remember that you are doing your best. Your best is all you can do, and your best is the best you can be.


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