Articles tagged with: imposter syndrome

Is Imposter Syndrome all a fake?

It does seem that every few weeks a news story breaks that reports how a high ranking director of an organisation has been dismissed when it’s been discovered that their cv and career history was fabricated.

Amazingly enough, those people had often been in those positions for many years without the offence being brought out into the open.

So, if those people can lie, fabricate a convincing back-story and bank a wage to which they weren’t entitled, why is it that other people, suitably qualified for their particular positions, live with an incessant and nagging doubt that they’re going to be unmasked, named as unsuitable, an imposter in fact?

Where does imposter syndrome originate?

Perhaps we feel we were simply “lucky” at school or later, that the right questions simply came-up in the exams we sat, or that someone else’s results were accidentally swapped with ours.

We “know” we don’t deserve the results, promotions or positive feedback we get.

It is as if we believe that one day someone will turn up in our office and announce that we do not have the qualifications we think we have and that we are a fake.

Whilst on the one hand we know that this isn’t true, on the other hand we do believe it, and that part is the part that keeps nagging away in your head telling you that you don’t really deserve your success.

Coaching can very quickly and effectively obtain resolution of those feelings so that you can be free from those nagging voices and get on with enjoying your life.