Do you often feel as you don’t deserve the good things that have come to you in life? Do you find yourself convinced that you have somehow deceived those around you? Do you worry that all your good fortune will be taken away? You might be experiencing Imposter Syndrome, and help is available.
What is Imposter Syndrome?
Imposter Syndrome can affect anyone at any time in their life, although it is especially common in high achievers who expect the best of themselves. Imposter Syndrome means that this self-critique and strong drivegets out of hand and causes the individual issues. Although it is not a diagnosable health condition, it often exists alongside depression and anxiety.
How do I know if I am Experiencing Imposter Syndrome?
Although it varies from person to person, there are some traits of thought and behaviour that are often seen in those suffering from Imposter Syndrome.
- Unable to Try New Things– because you’re so scared of being unable to something correctly on your first try or being laughed at, you may avoid new experiences altogether.
- Being a Perfectionist – you may find yourself getting highly frustrated when your work isn’t up to your standards, which are already higher than everybody else’s.
- Overburdening Yourself – you may find yourself saying ‘yes’ to every piece of work offered, even these extra tasks come at the expense of your emotional wellbeing.
- Self-Criticism– you might be highly critical of yourself and tend to downplay your successes, feeling that they were achieved through luck rather than skill or hard work.
- Unable to Accept Praise – whenever someone compliments you, you might find yourself instinctively rejecting it rather than taking it at face value.
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome with Life Resolutions
Imposter Syndrome can be very hard to deal with, especially since it is itself often a symptom of other mental health conditions such as depression or anxiety. The key to overcoming Imposter Syndrome is to retrain your brain, but this can be hard to do alone. We recommend you contact a mental health professional to help you work through these issues.
The Life Resolutions Clinic
The Life Resolutions team are experienced mental health professionals that would love to assist you in overcoming your feelings of self-doubt and fear.
Due to the stage four restrictions in Melbourne, our Life Resolutions clinics are offering both Telehealth sessions as well as traditional face-to-face sessions. Telehealth allows us to continue to provide you with emotional support from the comfort of your own home.
Seek advice from Mary Magalotti and Jodie Brenton Life Resolutions Today
If you’d like to learn more about Life Resolutions,please speak to our principal psychologist, Mary Magalotti or our CEO and founder, Jodie Brenton, by contacting us here. You are also welcome to check out the Life Resolutions website to read about the journey of Jodie Brentonand Mary Magalotti