Many successful people share a dirty little secret. Deep down, at least on some level, they feel like frauds. In this mental state, their accomplishments feel like the result of serendipitous luck. This psychological phenomenon happens so often, there is a name for it: Imposter Syndrome.
Does this sound familiar?
Exposing the Imposter Syndrome
Impostor Syndrome manifests as a pervasive feeling of self-doubt, insecurity, or fraudulence – despite often overwhelming evidence to the contrary. It strikes smart, successful individuals. It often rears its head after an especially notable accomplishment, like admission to a prestigious university, public acclaim, winning an award, or earning a promotion. And it doesn’t discriminate. People of every demographic suffer from feeling like a fraud, though studies show that minorities and women are hardest hit.
Research has identified five types into which imposter syndrome. This infographic from resume.io provides a flowchart to help you determine if you suffer from this syndrome, and which type of “imposter” you have become. Perhaps more important, it also offers tips to overcome your particular issues.
After all, this syndrome may seem like no big deal. But though these feelings begin in the workplace, they can soon have ripple effects that compromise every aspect of your life.
Learn to embrace your success. Then move on to even bigger and better things… knowing you deserve to be there!