How to quieten the imposter syndrome?

Do you ever feel like a fraud or just plain lucky in achieving your goals? Well, you are not alone, many people including many famous celebrities suffer from imposter syndrome.

What is imposter syndrome?

If you are someone who has a nagging voice at the back of the head telling you constantly that you are a fraud and you don’t deserve to praise for all your achievement then you are suffering from what is known as imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome might seem like a moment of self-doubt but it is much more than that. It is real and can be quite crippling who people who unfortunately experience it. Many celebrities like Howard Schultz, Natalie Portman, and Tom Hanks suffer from this syndrome. The people suffering from imposter syndrome instead of celebrating their achievements think that they are frauds and tricksters and live in fear of getting exposed. So, if are suffering from imposter syndrome, here are some effective ways to quieten the imposter syndrome.

Stop hiding the syndrome, it helps him loom larger

The first step of overcoming it is acknowledging it. Rather than making it loom larger in your life, acknowledge it and break the silence. We need to understand that imposter syndrome can mix up our perception the reality. Try to appreciate your hard work, intelligence, and insight that has led you to your success.

Try to overcome imposter syndrome by implementing the STOP technique

STOP stands for “silencing the oppressive player”, which means that we need to silence the constant nagging voice that keeps on telling us that we are not good enough. To do so you need to have a launch statement such as “I am the best, I am not just good enough”. Now as you go around in your daily routine, practice your launch sentence again and again so that you remember it when you need it in the future. It would be hard initially but don’t give up!

Maintain a brag sheet that highlights your achievements and skill

Whenever you are applying for a job or filling out a college application, we do make a resume of sorts that would highlight your skill, achievements, and experiences. That is exactly what a brag sheet is. Be humble about it but mentioning all your achievements can effectively silence the imposter syndrome. This little pep talk about yourself can also help you to stop comparing yourself to others.

If you have tried these methods and are still struggling, talk to a licensed professional who could help you.

Priyadarshini Kaul

Priyadarshini Kaul Mishra has two Master’s Degrees in English Literature and History. She is actively following her passion for the language by being a content creator since many years now. Besides this, Priyadarshini is a true bookworm at heart and tries to be an avid reader despite being a full-time mother now. She is also a professionally certified baker and puts on the oven mitts every now and then.
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