Have you ever had that sinking feeling that you don’t belong? That you are not as good at your job as others think? Is it only a matter of time before you find out? What you may encounter is what has become known as Impostor Syndrome. In this article, we will explore seven signs of imposter syndrome.
We are talking about seven signs of impostor syndrome.
By the way, you’ll want to stick around until the end, because the last sign of imposter syndrome I’m going to talk about…it’s a bit shocking.
1. Feeling that you are not as qualified as others think.
This is the hallmark of imposter syndrome. And it doesn’t matter how good you are at what you do, no matter how much education and training you’ve accumulated… That constant feeling that you’re the only one who knows how humble you are, and everyone makes mistakes.
It can really be a paralyzing feeling. And the longer it goes on, the worse it can get. Because after all, you’ve been “cheating” them for a long time, and you have to keep up with appearances, right? It’s tough, and that brings us to…
Let me be clear about something. healthy level of lack of self confidence is a good thing. It is a survival mechanism. If we’ve always been so confident and felt invincible, maybe we think we can take that hot pan off the stove without a glove, or get into oncoming traffic because we think we can cross in time.
But on the other end of the spectrum, crippling self-doubt prevents us from being able to take action. When we constantly ask ourselves, this can manifest as procrastination as we put things off for as long as possible. When our self-doubt persists long enough, it can lead us to feel like we don’t belong among our peers.
3. Attributing success to external factors.
This is a very common sign of imposter syndrome. Because the truth is that you are good at what you do. Others see it. You may not want to admit it. And part of not recognizing your skills and talents refers to external factors such as…luck! “No, I’m not really good, I just got lucky!” We are sure our luck will run out, and people will find out.
4. Underestimating the importance of performance.
Another common sign of imposter syndrome is here. When we do well, when others praise us…we can’t compliment. We can’t get prizes. why? Because it negates our view of ourselves as incompetent.
So we refuse to praise. We refuse compliments. It can be subtle though. Has anyone ever said something nice to you about how well you’re doing, and you said, “Oh thanks, but…” (pause) OK? When we use the word “but,” we’re basically telling the other person, “I acknowledge what I said, but you’re so wrong, you have no idea.”
By the way, if you relate to any of these signs of impostor syndrome, let me know in the comments below!