The Truth Behind Impostor Syndrome

TYPES OF IMPOSTOR SYNDROME

  • The Perfectionist: Perfectionism and impostor syndrome are close friends. Perfectionists can’t help but set excessive goals for themselves, and suffer from self-doubt and fear of not measuring up to an impossible standard. Perfectionists can also suffer from control-related issues in their attempt to meet their standard.
  • The Superwoman/man: The Superwoman/man often pushes themself to work harder and harder to measure up and compete with others, but this is just to cover insecurities. They create a work overload that is actually searching for validation; they become workaholics and put themselves and their relationships at risk.
  • The Natural Genius: The Natural Genius judges his/her competence based how easy and fast they can accomplish something as opposed to just their efforts. They are shamed by not getting something right the first time or taking a long time on a task.
  • The Soloist: The Soloist sees asking for help as a weakness and evidence of their phoniness.
  • The Expert: The Expert measure themselves on “what” and “how much” they know or can do. Underneath all of their knowledge is a fear of not knowing or not being the “expert” at everything. The endless seeking of knowledge can actually be a form of procrastination.

WOMEN IN THE WORKPLACE

UNDER THE OVER-ACHIEVING

WHAT DO WE DO?

SUMMATION

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