Do you feel like you do not deserve your successes in life? Do you feel that you are not qualified or capable enough to do your job? Do you feel like your partner or friends are too good for you? You may be dealing with Imposter Syndrome, a challenging but surprisingly common problem.
What is Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter Syndrome is the psychological experience of believing that you do not deserve your success. Although Imposter Syndrome is not a diagnosable mental health condition as such, can be a symptom of other conditions such as depression and anxiety.
Imposter Syndrome is an extremely common phenomenon, with many people experiencing it at some point in their life to different degrees. However, it is particularly common among high-achievers and perfectionists.
How do I know if I am Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter Syndrome is experienced in a variety of different ways depending on the individual; however, the following feelings are commonly associated with Imposter Syndrome.
- Fear of Failure – avoiding new opportunities because one feels as though they won’t be good enough and are destined to fail.
- Being a Perfectionist – continually striving toward perfection and being unable to see past flaws in one’s work.
- Overworking and over-committing – feeling as though one must take on more work than they or anyone else could reasonably handle.
- Undermining Yourself – constant procrastination and negative self-talk along with being unable to see one’s own successes.
- Being Unable to AcceptPraise – feeling as though any praise received is unwarranted and false.
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome with Life Resolutions
The best way to tackle Imposter Syndrome is to retrain your brain to see the positives rather than the negatives. This is very possible, but it can be difficult to do without professional support.
We recommend you take time to reflect on why you experience these feelings, as these symptoms may originate from an underlying mental health condition, such as depression or anxiety. As such, if you are struggling with Imposter Syndrome, we strongly recommend that you speak to a mental health professional who can identify any other conditions that may be present, and work with you to overcome these difficult and destructive feelings.
The Life Resolutions Clinic
The team at Life Resolutions are experienced and compassionate mental health professionals that are always happy to assist new clients overcome feelings of poor self-worth and will help put you back path towards a healthy mental state and ultimately your best self.
Due to the current stage four restrictions in Melbourne, our Life Resolutions clinics are offering both Telehealthas well as face to face sessions for both new and existing clients. Telehealth allows us to continue to provide you with mental health support and coping strategies during this particularly challenging time.
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If you think you would benefit from the services offered by Life Resolutions,please speak to our principal psychologist, Mary Magalotti or our CEO and founder,Jodie Brenton, by contacting us here.You are also welcome to head to the Life Resolutions website to discover more about the work ofJodie Brentonand Mary Magalotti