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Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is an unfounded fear of not being deserving of your position or achievements despite your training, capacity, and skills. It often includes fear of others noticing it too. Imposter syndrome is a common experience. Even Albert Einstein reportedly suffered from it.

Expect imposter syndrome if you are trained in what you are doing, but simply lack on-the-job experience. Intervene in imposter syndrome by forming relationships with peers who allow you to share concerns, successes, and doubts. Choose an area of your job or profession—a niche—and decide to be the go-to expert on it. Read about imposter syndrome; don’t minimize your own achievements; and recognize that if you think you are good, others are likely to see you as great. Boost your self-esteem and challenge negative self-talk, and you’ll beat imposter syndrome.

The Life-Work Connections Employee Assistance Program is brought to you by Well-U, helping eligible individuals to assess issues, and provide short-term counseling and referrals.

Keith Stein | 11/29/2018

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