Imposter Syndrome

Imposter Syndrome

Do you ever feel like you’re just faking it and are scared something will happen and everyone will find out?  Do you doubt your accomplishments and feel like you’re just pretending to know what you’re doing?  This can be a sign you’re experiencing imposter syndrome.  A phenomenon that affects many people.


Imposter syndrome refers to an individual’s persistent belief that they are not competent or capable, despite evidence to the contrary. People experiencing imposter syndrome often feel like they are frauds and that their achievements are the result of luck or some external factor, rather than their own abilities. This phenomenon is characterised by a lack of internalisation of accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.

Common symptoms of imposter syndrome include:


  1. Self-doubt: Individuals with imposter syndrome often doubt their own abilities and feel inadequate, even when they have evidence of success.
  2. Attributing success to external factors: They may attribute their achievements to luck, timing, or other people’s help, rather than acknowledging their own skills and hard work.
  3. Fear of being exposed: There is a constant fear of being discovered as a fraud, even if there is no concrete evidence to support such beliefs.
  4. Overachievement: Some individuals may respond to imposter feelings by overworking and overachieving to prove their worth.
  5. Discounting success: They may downplay or dismiss their accomplishments, considering them trivial or not significant.

It’s important to note that imposter syndrome is not a clinical diagnosis but rather a psychological phenomenon that many people experience at various points in their lives, especially in professional settings. It can impact anyone, regardless of their level of success or competence.

Overcoming imposter syndrome often involves recognising and challenging these negative thought patterns, seeking support from others, and developing a more realistic and positive self-perception.


How can Hypnotherapy help?

Hypnotherapy can be used as a tool to help combat imposter syndrome.  This involves using guided relaxation techniques and focused attention, replacing your negative self-perception with empowering beliefs.  During the hypnosis you envisage yourself succeeding and breaking the cycle of self-doubt. Hypnosis enables you to access your subconscious mind, reframing your thoughts, creating lasting change. Hypnotherapists can also teach you strategies to manage your negative self-talk.

If you would like to know more about how hypnotherapy can help with imposter syndrome, call Bridge Therapy today on 07940034263.

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