Imposter Syndrome is characterised by unwarranted self-criticism, low self-esteem and a fear of disappointing those around them. Although everyone experiences these emotions at some point, for people with Imposter Syndrome, they can cause severe distress and impact their wellbeing.
What is Imposter Syndrome?
People with Imposter Syndrome can’t shake the feeling that they have somehow tricked or deceived the people around them to get to where they are in life. People experiencing these difficult emotions are encouraged to seek help from a mental health professional to assist them working through why they feel this way, especially since Imposter Syndrome is often connected to other conditions, such as anxiety and depression.
How do I know if I am Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?
There are some thought patterns that are common in those coping with Imposter Syndrome.
- Fear of Failure – you might find yourself avoiding new experiences because of a crippling fear you won’t be any good or others will laugh at you.
- Being a Perfectionist – you may get unreasonably frustrated with yourself if you don’t understand a new concept or your work doesn’t always meet your very high standards.
- Overburdening Yourself – are you someone who feels they always have to accept every bit of work that comes your way, even at the expense of your mental health and wellness? This could be a symptom of Imposter Syndrome.
- Self-Deprecation – you might be severely critical of yourself and tend to downplay all your achievements, instead believing they aren’t truly yours to claim.
- Unable to Accept Praise – you may be someone whose first response to a compliment is always to shrug it off or downright reject it.
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome with Life Resolutions
Imposter Syndrome doesn’t have to be a lifelong issue for you – there are professionals who can help you work through the source of these negative feelings and help you strategise ways to overcome them.
The Life Resolutions Clinic
The team at Life Resolutions are experienced mental health professionals that are always happy to assist new clients in defeating Imposter Syndrome and any other concurrent mental health issues.
Due to the current stage four restrictions in Melbourne, our Life Resolutions clinics are offering Telehealthconsultations in addition to traditional face-to-face sessions. Telehealth allows us to continue to provide you with mental health support and coping strategies from the comfort of your own home.
Seek advice from Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton Life Resolutions Today
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 can also check out the Life Resolutions website to learn more about the work of Jodie Brentonand Mary Magalotti