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:::Are you suffering from impostor syndrome?:::

ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM IMPOSTOR SYNDROME? Do you feel that you don't belong in your professional position? Or that the work you do is never good enough? It could be that you have impostor syndrome. This increasingly recognized term describes people who consider themselves a fraud at work. Imposter syndrome or 'IS' can lead to high levels of stress, debilitating work-performance anxiety and a lack of career progression. DO YOU HAVE IMPOSTER SYNDROME? According to Dr. Valerie Young, a leading expert on the subject, impostor syndrome manifests itself in 5 different ways." Follow the flowchart below to find out if you have one of these 5 types of impostor syndrome: Do you worry you will be "found out" ? YES! NO! Do you feel your colleagues are more mature than you? Do you feel uncomfortable when someone praises your work? YE S! NO! YE S) NO! Do you use minimizing language(e.g. "I'm pretty sure" or "I kind of think")? Do you set unattainable goals? Are you often called a perfectionist? YES! Would you avoid asking for a raise? NO! YE S! YES! NO! YES! NO! NO! Do you feel that praise is just people trying to Do you think Do you your success is down to overwork? Are you constantly worried that you're Do you believe your work must be flawless all of the time? be nice? outside factors Do you think (like good contacts)? your position in life is mostly not meeting expectations? down to luck? NO! NO! YE S! YES! YES! NO! YE S! NO! NO! Do you avoid applying for a job unless you meet every YES! Are you a micromanager? Do you believe you have failed if you struggle to master something? requirement? Do you have difficulty delegating tasks? Do you feel you must figure out everything on Do you often stay late at work? your own? YES! NO! YES! NO! YES! NO! YES! NO! YES! NO! YES! NO! YOU DO NOT HAVE IMPOSTOR SYNDROME THE PERFECTIONIST THE EXPERT YOU EXPECT TO KNOW EVERYTHING AND FEEL ASHAMED WHEN YOU SET IMPOSSIBLY HIGH STA BEAT YOURSELF UP WHEN YOU IRDS FOR YOURSELF AND YOU DON'T. DON'T REACH THEM. THE SOLOIST THE SUPERWOMAN/MAN YOU BELIEVE WORK MUST BE ACCOMPLISHED YOU FEEL YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXCEL AT ALONE AND REFUSE TO TAKE CREDIT IF YOU RECEIVED ANY KIND OF ASSISTANCE. EVERY ROLE YOU TAKE ON IN YOUR LIFE. THE NATURAL GENIUS TASKS YOU TELL YOURSELF THAT EVERY THING MUST BE HANDLED WITH EASE, OTHERWISE IT'S NOT "NATURAL TALENT". HOW TO DEAL WITH IMPOSTER SYNDROME Depending on your specific type you may need to focus on different aspects of your professional life to overcome your impostor syndrome. TASKS THE EXPERT THE SOLOIST 1. Compare like for like'5 Avoid unequal comparisons with people who have more experience in a role, as it's natural that they know more. 1. Talk about your experiences with people you trust Keeping your IS feelings to yourself can make them overwhelming. Talking about it can help to find a solution. 2. Remind yourself that there are no gender or racial competencies for necessary your tasks 2. Purposely seek out opportunities to work on projects with other people“ More women, 66%, than men, 56% have reported experiencing IS. Recognize that you have the skills even if you don't feel you "fit"." Witnessing the great range of skills of others will open your eyes to the benefits of collaboration. 3. Mentor junior colleagues or volunteer to engage your inner expert4 3. Make a list of people you have learned froms Your experience and knowledge will be useful to those who are further down the ladder. This helps to recognize that skills are passed down from others and not just created internally. THE NATURAL GENIUS THE SUPERWOMAN/MAN 1. Appreciate that great achievement requires lifelong learning" 1. Reframe failure as a learning opportunity Natural ability is only the seed of success. You won't achieve much without a strong work ethic. Use failures as an opportunity to discover how to improve rather than a reason to be hard on yourself. 2. Identify specific skills that you can improve over time'4 2. Seek out an experienced mentor Admit that you should work on specific skills to ensure you are building on your talents. 70% of people have, at some time experienced IS. Share your feelings with someone who has experienced it to see how they overcame it. 3. Remind yourself that constructive criticism is not personal2 3. Break tasks into smaller, more achievable chunks A major task taken as one block can seem insurmountable. Creating smaller sub-tasks makes it more manageable. Take constructive criticism as a positive opportunity to grow rather than an implication that you're not good enough. THE PERFECTIONIST 1. Push yourself to act before you're ready 2. Embrace the mantra that progress beats perfection 3. Document your accomplishments to see how well you are actually doing Recognize that honing your talent is more important than expecting yourself to be an automatic expert. Track your progress so you don't feel you are failing if you don't reach the unachievable goals you set yourself. It's important to realize that there will never be a "perfect time" to start or ask for something. Impostor syndrome can affect your sense of self-worth, happiness and professional progression and affects the majority of people at some time in their life. Addressing your impostor syndrome will allow you to accept that you deserve your success and allow you to reach greater heights in your professional life. SOURCES 1. Access Finance. 2018. National Study: 62% of UK adults experiencing 'imposter syndrome' at work. accesscommercialfinance.com 2. Alexander, J. & Sakulku, J. (2011). The Impostor Phenomenon. International Journal of Behavioral Science, 2011, Vol. 6, No. 1, 73-92 3. Badawy, R. L. et al. Are all impostors created equal? Exploring gender differences in the impostor phenomenon-performance link. Personality and Individual Differences. Volume 131, 1 September 2018, Pages 156-163 4. Gopal, S. 2018. There Are 5 Types Of Imposter Syndrome, So Which One Are You? whimn.com.au 5. Jakarta Post. 2018. Feel like you don't deserve success? How to overcome impostor syndrome. thejakartapost.com 6. Johnson, W. B. & Smith, D. G. 2019. Mentoring Someone with Imposter Syndrome. hbr.org 7. Kalinosky, E. 2010. Feeling Like A Fraud: Living With Impostor Syndrome. forbes.com 8. Leonard, J. 2018. How to Handle Impostor Syndrome. medicalnewstoday.com 9. Sherman, R.O. (2013). Imposter Syndrome. American Nurse Today, 8(5), 57-58. 10. Vergauwe, J. et al. (2015). Fear of Being Exposed: The Trait-Relatedness of the Impostor Phenomenon and its Relevance in the Work Context. Journal of Business and Psychology, September 2015, Volume 30, Issue 3, pp 565-581 11. Wilding, M. 2017. 9 Telltale Signs You Have Impostor Syndrome. inc.com 12. Young, V. How to Feel as Bright and Capable as Everyone Seems to Think You are: A Handbook for Women (and Men) who Doubt Their Competence-- But Shouldn't. ImpostorSyndrome.com, 2004 13. Young, V. The 5 Types of Impostors. impostorsyndrome.com 14. Young, V. The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women: Why Capable People Suffer from the Impostor Syndrome and How to Thrive in Spite of It. Crown Business, 2on 15. Revuluri, S. 20o18. How to Overcome Impostor Syndrome. chronicle.com This image is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike DY SA 4.0 International License - www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0 resume.io

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